Romans 8:28 TLB, “And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into his plans.”
I believe every Christian on the face of the earth has had this verse quoted to them or has quoted it to someone along the way. When someone is going through something hard, “All things work together for good,” is easy to say, but hard to hear. I think we overlook the two conditions in this verse: 1. If we love God, and 2. Are fitting into His plans. So next time you throw that verse like a missile, aimed to destroy every doubt that the hell they’re going through has purpose, let’s ask ourselves these two questions and see what the answer is. Let’s take care of the beam in our own eye before helping remove the speck of dust from our brothers eye.
Do you love God? Jesus said, “If you love me, you’ll keep my commandments.” What did he say the greatest commandments were? To love the Lord your God with all our heart, soul and mind and secondly, to love your neighbor as yourself. If you don’t love God like that, then perhaps what you’re going through has no other purpose then to turn your head from the things YOU want to the things GOD wants.
Are you fitting into Gods plan or are you trying to get God to fit into yours? Is this thing you’re pursuing something you want or is it something God wants? We somehow lose sight of our purpose here and that is to serve God. Our first job is working for God, our second job is working in the world. We must not do anything that would jeopardize our first job. Being fired by God is never something we want to hear, so why are the things of this world more important then working for His Kingdom? Honoring God by keeping His Word must be our number one priority. I’m amazed at how many people tell me they’re too busy to go to church, serve in church, tithe to the church. They don’t have the time! Seriously? God can make that happen!
Jesus was serious when He said, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, then all these things will be added to you.” Notice He didn’t say, ‘God will give you whatever you want if you’ll work hard at your job. He’ll understand if you miss church and don’t pay your tithes. He’s a merciful God, full of grace.’ He is merciful and full of grace, but if you put Him first and treat Him with respect and honor, making disciples, healing the sick, raising the dead, loving one another regardless of their choices, only then are you fitting into HIS plans. His plan is that the world will be saved. His plan is that no one would perish but all would have everlasting life in Him. If your plans don’t line up with His plan, you’d better take another look at where you plan to spend eternity.
Father, I set aside my agenda today. I will seek You and find You when I seek for You with all my heart. My goal today is to find You. You’re not hiding from me. You’re just waiting for me to lay aside my cares, my burdens, my plans and spend time in fellowship with you. So I wait for You. I’m falling on my knees, bathing Your feet with my tears, assured that You respond to my sincere repentance for my selfishness. You are more important than my home, my husband, my children or grandchildren. You’re more important than my job, my personal business, my money, anything and everything that I’ve placed before you. I will wait until I hear Your voice clearly, giving me direction that I so need in this hour. I pour out my love to You. It’s in Jesus Name I pray, Amen