Romans 8:28-31, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”
Sometimes we want to comfort others when they are going through a trial. We may remind the person that God says, “All things work together for good.” These are challenging words for the person who may not see any good at all. It is true that when we do not see any good, God is still able to bring good out of it that we cannot see at the time.
God does put some prerequisites on the statement. “To them that love God,” shows us that the right relationship with God is involved. A personal relationship of coming to Him in His way is the basis for being able to love God in the right manner. “To them who are the called according to his purpose,” shows that the person needs to see his relationship with God is because God desires to have a relationship with the individual and is really seeking the person and working in his life. “For whom he did foreknow,” involves God knowing that the person is going to be a part of His family. God is seeking him and knows everything in His foreknowledge about the circumstances and who the person is. God even knows what we are thinking.
Predestination involves the growth process of being conformed to the image of Christ which was marred in the Garden of Eden when man fell from his state of being created upright. (Ecclesiastes 7:29, “Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.”) This has to do with believers growing in as they seek to please God because of their willingness to be obedient and submissive to the will of the Lord.
“If God be for us, who can be against us?” This statement is a great comfort when people and circumstances seem to be stacked against us. Since God is for us, whoever is against us is insignificant with respect to God and His ability to complete the work He has started in us from the beginning of our relationship with Him. (Philippians 1:6, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”) We can be assured that God is working in keeping and perfecting us.