Romans 8:28

And we know that God causes everything to work togetherfor the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” -Romans 8:28

Romans 8:28 is one of my favorite scriptures. The reason the verse means so much to me is that God took what I viewed as one of the worst moments of my life, losing my mom when I was a senior in high school, and turned it into one of the best moments of my life.

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If you know my story, you know that when my mom passed I really struggled with not knowing whether or not she had a relationship with God. For 3 months I was tormented with that question. 3 months after my mom passed, I got a phone call from my cousin who said, “Doug, I know you don’t really know me, but I felt like God was tapping me on the shoulder this morning and wanted me to call you and let you know that I was a nurse in the hospital with your mom and I led her to Christ a few weeks before she passed.” I hit my knees, cried, and told God that I’d serve Him the rest of my life.

Shortly after that experience, I attended a Bible Study, met my future wife and her family, they brought me to church, and my life has never been the same since. I’m not sure if I had to lose my mom in order for that to happen, but I do know that God took one of the worse moments of my life and used it for my good.

I recently heard that someone say, “Romans 8:28 is always true in retrospect.”  Isn’t that true? We rarely see how God is using our current tests, trials, and circumstances for good until we are looking back on them.

We need to have faith that Romans 8:28 is true in everything we go through, while we’re going through it. We need to get to the place where no matter what we’re experiencing, if we’re pursuing God, in the end, we know He’s going to cause it to work together for our good.

Thoughts?

What’s one of your Romans 8:28 experiences? An experience where you didn’t see how God was going to make something good out of it, but now looking back, you see that He did exactly that?

What are you going through right now that you need to have faith that Romans 8:28 is true?

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