If you live inside this massive promise, your life is more solid and stable than Mount Everest. Nothing can blow you over when you are inside the walls of Romans 8:28. Outside Romans 8:28 all is confusion and anxiety and fear and uncertainty. Outside this promise of all-encompassing future grace there are straw houses of drugs and alcohol and numbing TV and dozens of futile diversions. … There are cardboard fortifications of deadbolt locks and alarm systems and anti-ballistic missiles. Outside are a thousand substitutes …
Once you walk through the door of love into the massive, unshakable structure of Romans 8:28 everything changes. There come into your life stability and depth and freedom. You simply can’t be blown over any more. – John Piper
There is knowing a promise by the nuances and nature of the promise itself. The wording and the structure. The syntax and the history. The elements that comprise the promise and how far it goes.
Then there is knowing a promise by the nature of the promise-giver. In this case, the Promise-Keeper. Who not only promised that all things will work together for good, but that He will never leave or forsake those who call upon His name. There is knowing His nature. His history. The elements that comprise Him. Understanding how far He would go, has gone, to keep His promise.
To the Cross. Into the tomb. Descending to hell. Rising again one crimson dawn. Stretching His arms out and calling all who will to come to Him to find perfect peace, purpose, and rest in knowing Him.
There is knowing a promise and believing it in the mind. Then there is knowing the One who wrote the promise and wrote into the fabric of history Himself as the Keeper of all good promises, the assurance of His blood and sacrifice covering every sin and breathing new life into every sinner. Knowing Him in the mind, the heart, and the soul, and using those same elements in loving Him in return brings purpose and hope in a world slathered in anxiety and steeped in fear.
“All things work together for good” because “he is before all things and by him all things consist.”
The Author and Perfecter. Of faith. Of the story your life is writing. Of the story He is weaving with all things.