Life is tough and things just seem to get worse with no end in sight. The devil would like for us to think that the world is such a terrible and negative place and as such we should just give up. In exasperation many have bought into this notion that nothing will ever be right, everything will just fall apart. But, allow me to share with you what the apostle Paul taught in this regard. In Romans 8:18-39, Paul addresses the truth that there is a lot of pain and suffering in this world, but that it will be all right.
Everything is going to be all right? Hmm. When a child scrapes his knee and his tears stain his cheeks his mother rubs the scrape and assures, “It’s gonna be all right.” When one is diagnosed with a terminal illness a well-intentioned friend tells us, “It’s all going to work out, you just wait and see.” At a funeral when the family is in mourning and a friend walks up to the bereaved and with a tight hug whispers, “It’s going to be o.k.” When an employer lays off his employees and then tells them, “Have faith, it’s gonna be all right.” What makes these people so sure that everything is “gonna” be all right? What do they have to back up their assurance? What are they going to do to make it all right? The fact of the matter is that, without a means to back up the well-intentioned wishes, the wishes are just empty words.
In Romans 8 Paul assures us that everything will indeed be all right and he offers us some reasons to believe that everything will be all right. First of all, suffering is inevitable; everyone will suffer. This is what sin did to the world. However, in view of what we confidently hope for, the sufferings of this world are not worth comparing. “I am sure that what we are suffering now cannot compare with the glory that will be shown to us.” (Rom. 8:18).
Hope is what we have in the midst of our suffering. While we all will have some difficult times, it will be all right. Notice what we hope for (hope is that confident expectation): The world is subjected to bondage, but we look forward to being set free from that bondage (Rom. 8:21). We look forward to being adopted sons with full rights (Rom. 8:23). In this world we might feel like strangers and aliens, but we look forward to possessing the Promised Land in heaven, and no one can take that away from me! (Romans 8:38-39) We also look forward to the redemption of our decaying and ailing bodies. These sin afflicted bodies will be made new and not suffer anymore (Rom. 8:23).
But, why is it “gonna” be all right? This part of Romans made me jump up and down and praise God for His love. I shouted “Alleluias” and “Amens”! In order for the phrase, “It’s going to be all right” to mean anything, it must be backed up by something. Otherwise it is useless. Notice that Paul writes in Romans 8:26-27, that when I am so broken down, overwhelmed with problems and sin soaked, and that I don’t know where to even begin in asking God for help, that the Holy Spirit Himself makes intercession for me with groanings too deep for words. Yes, that’s right! The Holy Spirit of God is there to tell me “It’s going to be all right, because I am making intercession for you.” Secondly, although I have sinned and do not deserve a relationship with God, my Lord Jesus Christ is also making intercession for me! (Romans 8:34). So, the Holy Spirit of God and the Son of God are both telling me “It’s going to work out, it will be all right.” But that is not all. Romans 8:31 says that if God is for me, who can be against me? So now, I have all three members of deity assuring me that it will be all right.
No wonder Paul had the conviction that it would be all right. “But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
Enjoy the rest of your Monday. And remember, God said, “It’s going be all right.”