"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." – Romans 8:28
In so many ways, these seem to be very troubling times…
On and on, every where you look there are bad reports.
When I was away from home attending college and then seminary, my grandfather – my dad's dad – would on occasion write me a letter. The letters were generally simple updates on family life, or him bragging about how comfortable he was sitting by his pool in Phoenix. But I don't think I ever received a letter from him that did not have as its closing line, "Don't forget, Romans 8:28 is still in the book."
Henrietta Mears, the great Christian educator, once called Romans 8:28 "the greatest verse in the Bible." Just what verse is the greatest is certainly debatable, but without question Romans 8:28 ranks among the favorites of most Christians. For in that verse we find an assurance that life is proceeding according to some sort of plan.
There are plenty of things going on in our world that should trouble us. The plight of the Christian community in Afghanistan is alone enough to bother us immensely. But for all the troubles, for all the problems and difficulties in our world or our individual lives, we find in Romans 8:28 a great solace that God is in control. He knows what is going on and it is all to an end that Paul describes as "good."
So, as Jesus said, "Do not let your heart be troubled; neither let it be afraid." God is in control. "Don't forget, Romans 8:28 is still in the book."