December 22, 2011
Romans 8:28 is either one of the greatest statements of divine encouragement found in the New Testament or it is, hands down, the greatest excuse for our "stay at arms length, don't get too close" lack of ministry to others who are hurting. It has become for many a Biblical placebo freely prescribed by uninformed, apathetic Christians to those who are in deep distress spiritually, physically, or emotionally.
It's as if by saying the words or quoting the verse we have somehow uttered the magic incantation that will set everything right and soothe away all the pain and hurt. "There's no place like home. There's no place like home."
It has become the church's default ministry position when we simply don't know what to say or don't want to get too involved or we are just too busy to hear about their problems or bear their burdens.
Is that all this verse mean?
But for those who how understand and live in the realm of the sovereignty of God, it is something more. Much more. After all, according to Psalm 115:3, "Our God is in His heavens and does what He pleases."
So, which is it? Encouragement or placebo? Listen and find out more.
The following is a study on Romans 8:28.