Romans 8:28: Three Pillars of Hope in the Midst of Suffering

Summit Life with J.D. Greear | 9/23/2019 | Staff
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Romans 8:28 is one of the most well-known verses in the Bible: “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God …” (CSB). For many people, this verse is a source of tremendous hope.

But for others, Romans 8:28 feels like salt on their open wounds.

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For those who have suffered greatly, it can be difficult to imagine what kind of “good” might arise from their tragic situations. What silver lining is there when a couple loses a child to miscarriage? What possible good could come from a father abandoning his family to start over with a new one? What “greater good” is God up to when a car accident leaves a teenager paralyzed?

Romans 8:28 should be a verse of comfort. But in the midst of profound suffering, people still feel abandoned by God. Rejected. Cursed.

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Have you ever dealt with someone in this kind of situation? Have you ever gone through something like this yourself? If you haven’t, you will at some point in your life. And when you do, you’ll need to remember three ways God uses Romans 8 to give you hope in suffering.

1. What God started, he’s going to finish.

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In verse 29, Paul brings up the “p” word: “For those he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son.”

Paul’s not trying to start a theological argument here about Calvinism; he’s trying to give us assurance: “And those he predestined, he also called; and those he called, he also justified; and those he justified, he also glorified” (Romans 8:30).

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Paul knows that for those who are suffering, it often feels like you are barely holding on. But in the midst of your suffering, you have this assurance: What God started in you, he’s going to finish.

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