Pastor David Jeremiah Says It Often Takes Years for Things to Work Together for Good

David Jeremiah

Have you ever worried about wearing out Romans 8:28? It’s one of the greatest promises in the Bible: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

“All” makes it universal — not just some, but all things work together for good. No matter what happens, God finds good in bad and transforms burdens into blessings. Romans 8:28 covers all contingencies — like a blank check for the Christian, good at any time, drawn on the bank of God’s infinite wisdom and power.

How do we cash this check and find good in the bad?

Perhaps someone reading these words is facing tragic or complicated circumstances. Afflictions come, but God’s powerful promise in Romans 8:28 can overcome.

Claim this promise and capitalize on its truth.

Give the burden to the Lord
First, give your burden to the Lord. Remember Psalm 55:22: “Cast your burden on the Lord…. He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.” Lay your burden on the altar. If it crawls off, put it back on the altar.

You could have a “turning over” time, a ceremony where you “officially” give your problem to the Lord: “casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

Latch on to God’s promises
Turning your burden over to God leaves a vacancy in your heart that God’s promises can fill. Learn the vital art of recording God’s promises on your heart. Cleave to them and be saturated by their power.

Find a promise, put your name on it, write it in the flyleaf of your Bible, or post it under the glass on your desk. And lay hold of its penetrating power.

Practice a platitude
Third, practice the great old platitudes. Adopt one or two as an expression of your philosophy. Here’s a sampling:

— Christians live by promises, not explanations.
— Every problem has a purpose.
— When you can’t trace God’s hand, you can trust His heart.
— God doesn’t waste suffering. If He plows, it’s because He purposes a crop.

Preaching to ourselves is less offensive than listening to others toss platitudes at our pain.

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SOURCE: Baptist Press
David Jeremiah