And we know that God causes everything to work togethermfor the good of those who Love God and are called according to His purpose for them.
It has been spoken by in The Word. ALL things! Not ‘some things’! I have to repeat that… “ALL things!”
Those who Love God and are called according to His purpose.
We have to break this down!
Love. There are few things so universal and yet so challenging. Love for God. “The most important” commandment, says Jesus (Mark 12:29–30), and one that both the old and new covenants portray as necessary to enjoy God’s sustained favor.
As Moses asserted, God “keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,” but he “repays to their face those who hate him, by destroying them” (Deuteronomy 7:9–10). Similarly, Paul declared that “all things work together for good” only for “those who love God . . . who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
Some have tagged the Supreme Command of Deuteronomy 6:5 the “all-command,” because of the three-fold “all” — “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with allyour soul and with all your might” (ESV). There is no room here for divided affections or allegiance. As Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters” (Matthew 6:24). If indeed there is one God who stands supremely powerful and valuable (Deuteronomy 6:4), this demands a supreme and total loyalty from you and me, a loyalty that starts with the heart.
Loving with All Our Heart
While surprising to some, the old covenant recognized that a spiritual relationship with God begins from within, with a proper disposition toward the preeminent Savior, sovereign, and satisfier. From the heart “flow the springs of life” (Proverbs 4:23), and without one’s will, desires, passions, affections, perceptions, and thoughts rightly aligned, the life of love is impossible.
Next, we attempt to answer a question; The question most of us have. Who are those “called according to God’s purpose”?
“Do I have to do anything specific?”
We have been called to be co-heirs of The Kingdom.
To explain this more clearly…In Romans 8:17 Paul says, “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” According to this verse, we share in the sufferings of Christ now and will share in the glory of Christ later as His “co-heirs” or “joint-heirs.”
The term heirs of God emphasizes our relationship to God the Father. As His children, we have “an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade . . . kept in heaven” (1 Peter 1:4). The Greek term translated “heirs” in Romans 8:17 refers to “those who receive their allotted possession by right of sonship.” In other words, because God has made us His children (see John 1:12), we have full rights to receive His inheritance. We are His beneficiaries (see Matthew 25:34; Galatians 3:29; Colossians 1:12; 3:24).
The one who raised Jesus in His early years – Joseph in the Bible realized – that being called by God to do something special doesn’t make you, well, special. In fact, most of the people who are called by God to do something special have difficult lives.
There are books filled with promises. Let us look at life. We can achieve so much, BUT where does it ALL go when we pass? Inheritance for family, bequeathed to institutions. But, after working SO hard, what do you have?
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where mothand rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal.
But lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.”
So, how do we do this? This is a finite experience. Our ability to “enjoy” the ‘fruit of our labors’ is finite! Old age, illness etc. So why do we all work so hard?
I understand it though; no work, no means, no profitable existence.
Even The Word says in Genesis 3: 16-19
“To the woman God said,
“I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children.
Your desire will be for your husband,
and he will rule over you.”
To Adam God said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’
The key passage is: “Cursed is the ground because of you; through “painful toil” you will eat food from it all the days of your life.
And it is followed by what we experience… “It will produce thorns and thistles for you”
Weeding, Herbicides, labor to prevent the crop planted to be overgrown by non-desirable plants.
…You will eat the plants of the field.
By the sweat of your brow!
you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken;
for dust you are and to dust you will return.”
This has been a verse of contention. Some say “After death, that is it!”, some say “We get a chance to ‘live’ again in another body, others believe that we were before we were here and we just are here to ‘learn’. All these views are respected.
We must note that in God’s image we were made. We are within this body, in that sense we are as God. When you were created God knew you in your Mother’s womb.
Jeremiah 1:5 says “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”
We will return to that verse again, but first we will point out fact:
“Know that The LORD Himself is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture” Psalm 100:3 NASV
“Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, and the One who formed you from the womb, ‘I, The LORD, am the maker of all things, stretching out the Heavens by Myself, and spreading out the Earth all alone . . .'”
Isaiah 44:24 NASV
“But now, O LORD, Thou art our Father, we are the clay, and Thou our potter; and all of us are the work of Thy hand”
Isaiah 64:8, NASV
Who Is the Creator of the Preborn?
“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works and that my soul knows well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the Earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed, and in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them”
Psalm 139:13-16, NKJV
And as stated above we end with the quote…
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” Jeremiah 1:5, NIV
We are known!
“But if anyone Loves God, he is known by Him.”
We can follow this in its totality in Psalm 139:
“Lord, You have examined me
and know all about me.
You know when I sit down and when I get up.
You know my thoughts before I think them.
You know where I go and where I lie down.
You know everything I do.
Lord, even before I say a word,
You already know it.
You are all around me—in front and in back—
and have put Your hand on me.
Your knowledge is amazing to me;
it is more than I can understand.
Where can I go to get away from your Spirit?
Where can I run from you?
If I go up to the Heavens, You are there.
If I lie down in the grave, You are there.
If I rise with the sun in the east
and settle in the west beyond the sea,
even there You would guide me.
With Your right hand You would hold me.
I could say, “The darkness will hide me.
Let the light around me turn into night.”
But even the darkness is not dark to you.
The night is as light as the day;
darkness and light are the same to you.
You made my whole being;
You formed me in my mother’s body.
I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way.
What You have done is wonderful.
I know this very well.
You saw my bones being formed
as I took shape in my mother’s body.
When I was put together there,
you saw my body as it was formed.
All the days planned for me
were written in Your book
before I was one day old.
God, Your thoughts are precious to me.
They are so many!
If I could count them,
they would be more than all the grains of sand.
When I wake up,
I am still with You.”
In our ALL, we are known! Before God all is an open book. Even in prayer we are directed to ask and with thanksgiving receive.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”