Rom.8:28a.What…”We Know.”Part one

 

Romans 8:28..A sure Promise

Problems and suffering are part of every Christian’s life.We can identify with this story about ”Big John.”

A very small meek  man was hired as a bartender in the old west.The saloon owner advised him…if you ever hear that “Big John” is coming to town,drop everything and run for your life.The Bartender worked for six months with no problems.

Then one day a cowboy rushed in shouting, “Big John’s a coming!!”In his hurry to get out,he knocked the small bartender to the floor.Before the bartender could recover,in came a giant of a man with a black bushy beard.He road in through the swinging doors on the back of a buffalo using a rattle snake for a whip.The man tore the doors off the hinges,knocked over the tables and slung the rattle snake into the corner.”Gimme a drink”he yelled as he split the bar in half with a pound of his massive fist.

The bartender nervously pushed a bottle toward the man.He  bit off the top of the glass bottle with his teeth and chugged the contents in one gulp and turned to leave.Realizing that the man wasn’t hurting anyone,the bartender asked him if he would like another drink.

Ain’t got  no time the man roared.Big John’s a coming to town!!

No matter how big a problem you’re facing today,there could always be a bigger one around the corner.

Where do you turn when fear arises in your heart?On what do you trust when troubles come?Troubles are a part of our lives because we live in a fallen world.Suffering for the believer is not an illusion.We will experience real troubles and the foundation of our lives will be shaken.

We will hear the doctor say that we have a disease that is going to kill us.

The banker will tell us that he does not want to give us money.

Our children will disappoint us.

Because troubles are inevitable,we must not be careless when we answer the question of whom we are trusting in.

Romans.8:28 is one of the best known texts in the Bible.John Stott writes,”On it believers in every age and place have stayed their minds.It has been likened to,a pillow on which to rest our weary heads.”

Verse 28 begins with the statement,”We know.”This is about knowledge,not feelings.It is,”We know”not ”We feel.”We must realize that Christianity is an intellectual understanding of certain facts,Yes,Christianity,involves our hearts,but Paul is not writing,”We feel that all things work together for good.”

Why?Because as we go through some experiences,we may not “feel”very good.In fact we may be filled with all kinds of terrible feelings.When you don’t feel good,you must still know and cling to that truth that God works together all things for good for his people.Whether you feel it or not,God is at work for your good.Even now you may be feeling pain or be confused and not know which way to turn.But you can have confidence that God is working your circumstances for your good.(P.G.Matthews).

 

 

Here is God’s providential supervision of the events of our lives.This is declared in what is undoubtedly one of the most beloved verses of all the Bible.Who has not quoted this great verse?And who has not sometimes wondered how it could be that all things work good things?Misery seems wrapped in mystery and the meaning seems always beyond us.Here we have not so much an explanation as the opportunity of an experience.For this is a case where faith operates in the sphere of human experience,and we see the providential operation of a great working purpose in our lives.(Roy L.Laurin).

 

1.The Certainty of the promise.”We..KNOW.

 

This is not a conjecture.He is not surmising,not a perhaps so—–or maybe so.It is…”We know.”When God makes a promise,He keeps his promise.

F.B.Meyer said,”If God failed to keep his promise,the heavens would be clothed in sack cloth.The sun would refuse to shine,the moon would be clothed in sack cloth,the stars would fall from the heavens.The universe would rock and a hollow wind would moan and groan throughout the universe…God lied.God lied.”

‘We know’ expresses the knowledge of faith.”While we do not know”what to pray for as we ought(verse.26)”we do know”(verse.28)by personal experience,and by God’s dealing with others,that all things in the universe are continually working together for good to those who love God.Let us ponder the fullness of this verse and its encouragement.(W.H.Griffith Thomas).

We know…if you were to judge the validity of this verse on your circumstances and your situations,you would be totally confused.You begin to wonder if some things are…good…or bad.

Illustration…Two women who had been friends but had not seen each other for awhile met in a store on day.

One lady said,”How have you been?”She replied…..

”I’m married.”Oh,that’s …good.”

But he’s stingy…Oh,that’s…bad.

He bought me a house..Oh,that’s…good.

It burned down…Oh,that’s…bad

He was in it…Oh,that’s…………

The confusion comes about by looking at the situation and circumstances.You have to wait until God is finished.The same God who is controlling the universe…controls your life.

There is a certainty here….”We know.”

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