Devotion: a soft pillow for a tired heart

Romans 8:28

Romans 8:28 is one of the high points in the book of Romans. Writer and evangelist R A Torrey called Romans 8:28, a soft pillow for a tired heart. It is about God’s providence.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:28


We can unpack this verse into 4 sections

# 1. We know: God’s providential care is a certainty. You can be have absolute confidence that God cares for you. Nothing can ever separate you from His love. Romans 8:38-39, For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

# 2. all things: God’s providential care encompassed what things? All things! From the most trivial to the most complex. From financial, social, relationship, health, career, hobby, and whatever. From pain, fear, worry, uncertainty, insomnia, hardship, bereavement, persecution, sickness, etc, etc.

# 3. work together for good: God works together coherently and synergistically in all of your life’s events to bring about a good final closure and outcome. You may not see it at that moment in time but you will see it in retrospect. Genesis 50:20, You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

# 4. to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose: God’s providential care of Romans 8:28 is a conditional promise reserved for Christians.

Hey, what are you worried about? God has a plan to give you a hope and a future. Surrender everything to God and let Him be at the center of your life. If God created the whole universe for you and gave His life for you, He deserves to be at the center of your life.

Jeremiah 29:11, For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Isaiah 49:16, (the message paraphrase), Look, I’ve written your names on the backs of my hands. The walls you’re rebuilding are never out of my sight.

A pillow with a heart symbol
A pillow with a heart symbol

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