Today’s Scripture: And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

You may think that you don’t need this verse today because everything is going great. On the other hand, maybe everything seems to be going wrong, but you think you know all there is to know about this verse.

We are going to look at this verse today from a different angle. Two assumptions are often made with this verse. The first is that we love God and the second is that “all things” means bad things.

It would be foolish for us not to often stop and think about whether or not we love God and how much. Saying you love God means nothing if you don’t back it up. According to Jesus, if we love Him, we will keep His commandments. According to this standard, most people don’t love God.

I think it would be accurate to say that all things work together for bad to them that do not love God. This ought to be a frightening thing to think about. Obeying God is not just avoiding bad. That is only half of it. The other half is doing the good that God commands of us. If we are obeying Him on one, but not the other, we don’t love Him like we should. Each and every one of us will struggle with this because the spirit may be willing, but the flesh is weak.

I know someone that had a wonderful thing happen to them, and it would seem that they are financially set for life. Not many people would stop and wonder what good could come out of this situation. Why not? Because we think we know what good is and getting more money seems to be good. However, what if we don’t love God? If we don’t love God, the things we call bad things will work together for bad, but also the good things will work together for bad.

“All things” means good things, bad things, small things, and big things. Think about all the things that happen throughout your day. Are they working together for good or bad? It all depends on whether or not you love God.

Next time you get a raise or someone gives you a gift, ask yourself if it will work together for good or bad. Don’t just let God use the “bad things” to conform you to the image of God’s Son, let Him use the “good things” to do the same.

Devotional by Pastor Matt Floyd