Message of the Day: Trials and Calamities Mutually Contribute to Our Welfare
“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.” (Romans 8:28, NKJV)
Stoic philosophers believed that everything would work out for the best – from the vantage point of God, although no other individual being would continue. Judaism believed that God was sovereign and that he was bringing history to a climax, when he would vindicate his people and turn their past sufferings to their advantage as he rewarded them. For Paul, the ultimate good of these hardships is their work in conforming believers to Christ’s image in the end.
All our afflictions, trials, and calamities, though they are numerous and long-continued yet they are among the means that are appointed for our welfare. They cooperate and mutually contribute to our good. We are made better human beings by receiving afflictions as they should be received, and by desiring that they should accomplish the purpose for which they are sent.
We are not saved by chance or haphazard. God does not call people without any plan and purpose. What God does, he always meant to do. What he always meant to do, is his purpose or plan.
Keener, Craig S. The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1993.
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The NKJV Bible
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