Recently my quiet time of prayer to God has centered a great deal around one particular passage. In Romans 8:28 Paul writes “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him who have been called to His special purpose.”
As we research and discuss important and sometimes disturbing topics on Stand Up For the Truth, it is so important that we ask God to hide this verse in our hearts. It is easy to slip into discouragement and fear as we see the world plunging into more wars; our economy foundering; the Middle East becoming more and more chaotic; and false teachings creeping into our church.
But if we are going to claim to stand up for the truth as believers, than we must stand up for all God’s truth—including Romans 8:28. When the world sees fear in all that is happening—we must remain at peace. When false teachings are being introduced, we must stand up against them—without hating those that teach them. If severe economic challenges come our way and the world is in the grips of panic, we must remain content in what the Lord chooses to provide us.
As Believers, Romans 8:28 is in many ways a bell weather for the depth of our faith in God. It is easy to worship God when things are going well; when our finances are in order; when we live in relative peace. But will we worship God when things are not going well? If economic calamity hits us, will we turn to man? Or God? When we become hated and persecuted for the name of Jesus, will we give in to the pressures of the world? Or will we stand strong in our conviction to Him?
Romans 8:28 is one of those “easy to say, hard to live” verses. Paul is saying that we know that in all things God is working for us. Not just the good times, but the bad times. Do we really believe that? Or will we become one of the group of growing “convenient Christians” who pick and choose which verses of scripture to believe and live?
If we are going to stand up for the truth—whether we are listeners or show hosts—we need to stand up for the entire truth of His Word—and not just the verses we feel like believing and living. I hope this message is challenging you as much as it is challenging me.