Week of November 25 - Day 3

Day 3 Read: Romans 8:28-32

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 

Reflect: What example does Paul give as the reason we can have confidence that God is a God of ultimate power and unlimited supply? Why is this significant?

Consider: God directs the affairs of life in such a way that, for those who love him, the outcome is always beneficial. The “good” of which Paul spoke is not necessarily what we think is best,191 but as the following verse implies, the good is conformity to the likeness of Christ. With this in mind it is easier to see how our difficulties are part of God’s total plan for changing us from what we are by nature to what he intends us to be. Moral advance utilizes hardship more often than not. The verb (“works”) and the participial phrase (“those who love him”) are in the present tense. Not only is God continually at work, but those for whom he works are steadfast in their love for him.[1]

Respond: What does it mean to you to read that God is for you? If you are “for” someone or something, what does that entail?

[1] Robert H. Mounce, Romans, vol. 27, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1995), 187–188.