“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.” 

Ask some of the people in southern Louisiana who lost so much in the recent floods if they believe that all things really work for good and you might just get a tongue-lashing. Ask a family member of one of the slain law enforcement officers who was gunned down in Baton Rouge a month ago the same question and you may be asked to leave the premises.  So, do all things really work for good?  I would say a resounding NO, and that is not what the scripture says!

And before you mount an argument with me, consider just what the Word of God says. First, it is imperative that we note this is not a universally applied verse, instead, it is a conditional part of scripture.  In other words, it does not apply to all, but to those who meet its

conditions.  The Apostle Paul was addressing the Christians in Rome, those who believed in Jesus Christ.  And although this letter is available for all to read, it is a promise to the believers.  Thus, he wrote, “And we know.”  Who is the “we”?  It is not the world, but those who “love God and are the invited ones who have been appointed in the plan of God.”  Another expression used here in some translations for “the called” is “a saint”.  So, if you are not called of God into His plan, and/or you don’t truly possess a love for God, then all things do not work for your good.

What do you think?  Is Romans 8:28 just for a select group of people or do you believe God works all things out for good for all?