from a paul tripp email…. (could not find a link on web…)
There’s a false theology out there preaching that if you have faith in God, life will go well for you. If you read Romans 8:28 out of context, it makes sense: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good.”
To protect our hearts and minds, we have to read Scripture in its proper context, and we also have to use Scripture to interpret Scripture.
In its proper context, Romans 8 is discussing “the good” of our spiritual redemption, not our physical comfort. But what I really want to write about today is how Hebrews 11 properly interprets this verse.
At the end of this famous passage about faith, we’re presented with a list of Christians who had to endure hardship, suffering, and loss: and they were commended for their faith in God.
We must reject a theology that teaches that Christianity is an automatic ticket to a comfortable, predictable, pleasurable, healthy, and wealthy life.
That’s the easy part, at least intellectually with our mind. What’s harder is not judging God in our hearts when he doesn’t deliver your definition of “the good life.”
We must remember that our vision is sometimes short-sighted, and our desires sometimes selfish. So what God deems as good, we may view as bad.
You see, God never makes a mistake, nor does he ever get a wrong address. He’ll do whatever he wants to us and through us to get glory, and to redeem us.
Sometimes redemption will come through tremendous victory. Other times redemption will come through tremendous hardship. Or, a combination of the two.
Whatever season you’re in, or whatever unwanted trajectory your life has taken, know this: there’s no safer place than to be in God’s best plan for your life.
also related and good…
The Promise Is Not for Every Person
So the first thing we need to see today is that all things don’t work together for good for everybody. The promise that God will turn all things for good is not true in everybody’s case. There are two things that need to be true for this promise to apply to you. One is that you love God, and the other is that you are called according to his purpose. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good (1) to those who love God, (2) to those who are called according to His purpose.” I will deal with the first one today and the second one later.