August 29, 2017

Romans 8:28 (NLT) — 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

I believe that next to the promise of salvation when we receive Jesus, this promise in our memory verse is the best promise that we could receive. It is the foundation for our optimism. It is pretty hard to be a pessimist when you know that even your mistakes are material that God uses to work it out for good for us. I know this because our verse says ‘all’ things; so I know that mistakes are included.

This verse is the basis for our joy and laughter. When you know things will work out there is no reason to lose your joy and no reason to frown. That is why the psalmist could say:

Psalm 118:24 (NLT) — 24 This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.

And on another occasion the psalmist said:

Psalm 42:5–6 (NLT) — 5 Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and 6 my God! Now I am deeply discouraged, but I will remember you— even from distant Mount Hermon, the source of the Jordan, from the land of Mount Mizar.

He saying, “I found myself being sad but then I remembered God and I remembered that He is the one who is going to work this out for good. Hey I think I will praise him in advance. Now that feels a whole better.”

You see in God’s world negatives become positives. God can reverse things so that heartaches can turn into high fives! This promise can do anything God can do. It is not wishful thinking it is reality. With a promise like this there is really no room in the Christians life for despair. Remember what I said in my Sunday sermon two days ago: “Don’t focus on the world around you instead focus on the Word within you.”  God’s word always comes true.

Be Inspired Hilltop!




  1. Mark Gundersen says

    Sometimes God even has to use what looks like a low point in your life to move you out of a rut into something better.

  2. Encouraging words, Pastor Dan. I listened to your ‘living well within the church’ sermon yesterday. Your third point was to live on the promises of God instead of appearances. As you said, I will still have sucky times, but my life won’t suck because he promises to provide and supply. The promise of working everything out for my good, even mistakes, is a wonderful example of God providing/supplying.
    Dr. Mark, I always appreciate your comments. This is so true. The appearance of low points in our lives can be pretty gray and gloomy if we focus on the situation instead of his promise to work it all out for good. Hope you and Kathy are doing well. I miss your presence at Hilltop.