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A Spiritual Pillow

“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)

There is not one electron outside the absolute control of our sovereign God. No one can restrain His hand or say to Him, “What doest thou?” (Daniel 4:35). So, in a world full of suffering, how do we make sense of Romans 8:28?

First, we know God has a precious, sovereign plan for all believers. Second, we may not know how God uses difficulties for our greater good. Job didn’t understand what was motivating his trials, but he knew his God experientially when he said, “I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee....I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee” (Job 42:2, 5).

Third, God can’t be blamed for evil. He may allow evil things into our lives (Paul’s thorn in the flesh, Peter’s imprisonment, believers’ suffering) for refining ends, but He is not a culpable agent since He “neither tempteth…any man” (James 1:13). Theologians call this seeming paradox “concurrence”—God supervising the actions of sinful agents for His own purposes.

Fourth, God causes all things to providentially work together for good—God’s ordering of all events after the counsel of His own will. God richly supplies us with all things to enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17), but we know His loving providence may also include suffering (Romans 8:18).

There is deep comfort in this “pillow” verse as we are reminded that life is not a random collection of messy events. You may not be able to trace His hand, but like suffering Job you can trust His heart. CM

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