Over the past two days we’ve seen Paul address the issue of suffering while we wait for the next (and final) installment of what God has in store for us, his children. The central message is that the glory that awaits us is so magnificent, our present suffering is not even worth comparing with it. This is because God is in the process of doing something universal in scope: the renewal of all creation. In fact, all creation groans (along with us) waiting to experience the finished product, where we – as God’s image-bearers – take our rightful place at the centre of it all. (BTW, if you’re joining us today, you really need to read the past two days for the next bit to make sense.)
Today, Paul sums up what he’s been saying thus far, in a very well-known and oft-quoted sentence:
Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.