Romans 8:28

This morning, on my way back home from taking the forgotten Social Studies binder to my son at the middle school, my iPod shuffled to Mercy Me’s song “Bring the Rain”:

“I know there will be days…when this life brings me pain…but if that what it takes to praise you…Jesus, bring the rain”

Last night in our study of Romans at my church, we discussed 8:28, the promise that all things work together for good for those who love God, those called according to His purpose. A glorious promise. A beautiful encouragement. Also a difficult truth, particularly in the midst of heartbreak and pain.

I thought of my friend whose son suffered a head injury horsing around with a group of boys Sunday. As a result of his injuries, he has undergone brain surgery and is now in a drug induced coma. His prognosis is uncertain. He is only ten years old. My friend and her husband are believers; they know their hope is in Christ and Him alone. They love God; they are called according to His purpose. The promise of Romans 8:28 is theirs.

But it is not a trite truism. It is a difficult and hard truth. How can seeing your ten year old baby in a coma where you are not to speak to him nor touch him and you cannot know yet what tomorrow will hold for him–how can that turn out for good? That song is right: life brings us pain, sometimes searing, crippling pain. This my friend knows firsthand.

But because of the promise of Romans 8:28, it is a pain laced with hope, however small and however elusive that hope may be today. For those of us who belong to Christ, our pain has purpose and we can rest in His sovereignty. We can trust Him. We can know peace in the storm.

This is what I pray for my friend and her family: Peace. Comfort. Strength. And for God in His mercy to heal and restore her boy, to the glory of His name. Let it be, oh Lord, according to Your lovingkindness…


Author: Lisa Spence

Wife, mother, Bible teacher, bibliophile, occasional blogger

8 thoughts on “Romans 8:28”

  1. Beautiful post, Lisa. My heart aches for your friend.How easy it is to blithely say such verses, but this is when the rubber meets the road, so to speak.I think about some friends who tragically and unexpectedly lost their 20-year-old daughter and son-in-law a couple of years ago. It rocked our whole church; it has been – and continues to be – a very difficult time, yet they are walking testimonies of God’s presence in the midst of the storm, and He has not failed to keep His promises.

  2. I love that song…one of my favorites.I just recently read in Lydia Brownback's devotional, "Trust", that true faith isn't about believing God will do what you WANT Him to do, but rather believing that what He does is for your best.Although your friends can't see it, this can bring glory to Jesus & that's exactly how He will use it (sounds a bit like "Spectacular Sins", doesn't it?)

  3. Praying for your friend and it is at times hard to see the hope when our circumstances are uncertain and painful, but you are correct the promise never changes or goes away.

  4. Amen. A number of years ago a teenage girl in our church was in a severe car wreck. I saw pictures of the car and couldn’t believe how she was alive. After many prayers and procedures, she is now grown up, and a happily married woman. I saw her last week at Target. But one thing it did was give our church a real moment to say, “Here is God’s faithfulness among us.” If we had lived in the OT days, we would have constructed an ebeneezer. I’m sure of it. May this be a defining moment of God’s grace – whatever He chooses to do. Please keep us updated as we pray along with you.

  5. This is exactly what Randy has been teaching about since last October. His ways are so much deeper than our ways and understanding, but we do know that whatever happens it is for His glory and for our good…so hard to believe and accept sometimes.Our prayers are with you and your friends.

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