The Book of Romans
God is in Control
Every believer facing tragedy, injustice, suffering, or pain has found comfort in this phrase, “God is in control.” How many of us when faced with uncertainty concerning the future because of job loss, health issues, or loss due to death have found consolation knowing “God is control?” When the believer faces problems that seem to have no resolution he can be confident that “God is in Control?” The text could be called the “God is in Control” verse. Romans 8:28, 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. This verse is such a simple promise from the heart of God, but a thorough study of the verse should help us to have an even greater conviction that “God is in control.”
I. We Know
- Refers to a common knowledge that only the Holy Spirit can make real in the believer’s heart. God’s control extends to all matters both good and bad. Scripture show God used a non-believer Cyrus to accomplish his will by using him to rebuild the Temple. Isaiah 44:28,That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid. The believer should be sensitive and alert to what God is attempting to do even when something that is unexpected or unplanned or an unlikely situation.
- God is personally concerned about each and every one of His children. The various pictures Jesus gives of the Father indicate the personal dimension of His care. He cares about the lost sheep and searches until He finds it. The good shepherd knows His sheep and calls them by name. The good shepherd watches over His sheep and protects them. The Father knows the number of hairs on the head of every believer.
- God alone determines His plan and knows the significance of each of His actions. It is not necessary for the believer to know where God is leading. As believers we need to be careful and avoid dictating to God what He should do to give us direction. It would be far better if the believer simply allowed God to enlighten him if He wishes and to the extent He wishes as to the significance of His working. We know that everything has significance with God’s plan, but we must be careful not to assume that the meaning of everything is obvious and that we should be able to identify that meaning.
II. All Things
- In all things, God is in control. All things include good and bad; bright and dark; sweet and bitter; easy and hard; happy and sad; prosperity and poverty; health and sickness; calm and storm; comfort and suffering; life and death.
- God will take care of you when your heart is sad. When dangers attack you path. When you are in need He will provide. God will take care of you through every day. In all things, God is in control. The believer is in the hands of a good, wise, and powerful God who will accomplish his purposes in the world.
III. Work Together
- All things are working for good, which means that God is in control working His plan. There are no accidents with God. Joseph’s life was filled with betrayal, disappointments, and suffering yet God used all of these factors for good. Genesis 50:19-20, And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. God is in control of every circumstance of the believer’s life. God was in control even before you were conceived. Who you are is no accident. Your genetic making up is the result of the union of your parents. You did not select your parent or the exact geographical location and cultural setting of your birth. Each individual is who he is as the result of God’s decision and activity. Through all the factors that have come into the experiences in times past God has influenced the type of person each of us are now.
IV. For Good
- The believer must be careful not to identify too quickly and easily the good with what is pleasant and comfortable. The good in the text is associated with God’s purpose. God want to conform his children to the image of His son. Being conformed to the Son’s image sometimes involves suffering trials and enduring discipline. I Peter 1:6-9, Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. Hebrews 12:6-7, For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
- Job after the loss of children, possessions, and health could say, Job 13:15, Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. This is the kind of faith in God that the believer needs. He knows that God is going to make things work out for good because He is in control.
VI. Called According to His Purpose
- Those who love God are those who are called by God. Our love is our response to the work of the Holy Spirit in us. We are called according to His purpose. God does everything, including redemption, in order to accomplish His plan.
- God has given an invitation for all to be saved but only those who accept the invitation are called. The lost are lost because they want it that way. God is not forcing anyone to be lost. They are lost because they have chosen to be lost. The elect are the whosoever will and the non-elect is the whosoever won’t. We will get into more detail in a study of verse twenty-nine.
Because of knowledge that only the Holy Spirit can make real in the believer’s heart the believer can know that God’s control extends to all matters both good and bad. God is personally concerned about each and every one of His children. God was in control even before you were conceived. Who you are is no accident. God wants to conform his children to the image of His son. Being conformed to the Son’s image sometimes involves suffering trials and enduring discipline. The believer by faith knows that God is going to make things work out for good because He is in control. God has given an invitation for all to be saved but only those who accept the invitation are called.
Created and Researched by Pastor Dennis Baker
Zion Baptist Church
3485 New Baumgartner Rd. - St. Louis, MO 63129 - Phone: 314-846-1867