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It isn’t uncommon to hear people quote the beginning of Romans 8:28. “All things work together for good.” That’s great! However, we do need to read on. There’s a complete thought here as we continue through verse 39. Yes, all things do work together for good, but it is for those called by God, those who are living according to God’s purpose.
For Christ’s people, there is no need for fear. Nothing that comes against them will bring eternal harm. And there are plenty of things which come against us. There’s life, there’s death. There are angels, rulers, things which are here, and things which are missing. None of it is able to separate God’s people from his love.
What can harm those who are in Christ? Nothing at all. This is the good news of the Gospel. If we have died in Christ and live with him through his resurrection, our lives have been laid down and taken up by him. There is really no valid threat.
Faithless as we are, we tend to worry. We let our circumstances cause us discomfort. There’s no need for it, but there we have it. We doubt. We fear. May the Lord give us courage.
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