We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose (Rom 8:28).
God will keep his own anointed; nought shall harm them, none condemn;
All their trials are appointed; all must work for good to them:
All shall help them to their heavenly dream.
Probably one of the verses in the entire Bible hardest to understand, especially in adversity. Remember when someone has quoted it to you in the midst of a trial, and you really did not even want to hear it, much less able to comprehend it? “Surely God meant this for anyone but me”, you think (as you struggle to cope with the situation), “it could not possibly be for me, because nothing good is definitely ever going to come from this.”
But, nonetheless, it is true. Otherwise it would not be part of Scripture. It is a precious truth and promise to a child of God that enables us, once believed, to persevere through hardships, knowing that God is working even when we cannot see him working. As one saying goes, “When you can’t see God’s hand, trust his heart.” His heart is constantly seeking to accomplish the plan that he has for his children (See Jeremiah 29:11). The Message translates Rom 8:28, “…we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”
Don’t miss the phrase “to them that love God”, however. It is a given that those who love God are going to be about eternal, kingdom work. Often those things are interrupted by people, every day distractions, circumstances and situations, and the devil. That is when God “works all things together”, and, of necessity, moves things, and people, around in an orderly fashion as only he can.
Most people, most times, do not even realize they are being “moved” by God, it not being visible to the natural eye, or perceptive to the natural mind. Only in the spirit can it be discerned.
What is the message of the verse, then? That no matter how we feel, what we see or don’t see, hear or not hear, God is always working in the lives of those who love him. And we cannot leave off the last part of the verse, “…who are the called according to his purpose.”