28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
I used to think that this verse means that God sometimes does bring evil into your life in order to build a tapestry of good in your life. Basically I thought “all things” must “work together”. So God would allow evil to visit you or bring some evil into your life such as illness, poverty as well some form death.
We get this kind of idea from Job. He says “should we not also accept evil from God?”
Unlike us Job did not have the unveiled perspective of his life. It was Satan who brought evil into his life. God restricted his prerogative as not to take Job’s life.
Hence Job was under the misimpression that God allows evil and good on his loved ones.
Hence in the Old Testament it is a misimpression for the Jews to form a believe that both good and evil comes from God.
That is simply not true. Jesus speaks to us about God being a Father who give good things. He also speaks about the spirit behind the Pharisees who kill steal and destroy. The angel who propagates self works of righteousness. Satan.
As such when we read this verse, we must understand what it means by “all things”.
Let me share this with you.
More Than Conquerors
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
These “all things” is found in Christ.
33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then can condemn? No one. Christ Jesus who died–more than that, who was raised to life–is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
These “all things” are great things. Superb things. Fantastic things. Things that free you from condemnation. Things that brings security of the love of God for you and with you.
They all come from a God who is “all” good. I hope you are blessed.