“We do not know what to pray for as we ought. . .” (). But there is something we do know (). What do we know? We know that all things work together for good for those who love God. ()
What Does ‘Good’ Mean? (01:48–05:30)
What does “good” mean? First, “good” is to be conformed to the image of God’s Son (). We will be like him one day in sinlessness and purity. Second, being conformed to him, we will be in a position to see and praise him, the one who goes before us and is lifted above us. () The last good of is our final glorification. ()
What Are the ‘All Things’? All things — positive or negative, painful or pleasurable — are by his design, and sustained by him, and for his glory. () God will work all things according to the counsel of his will, and his will is for our good. (, cf. ) Everything we need in this life will be ours, including painful things that are necessary to bring us to glory. () Even death is yours. Death itself will serve our ultimate, lasting death. () All our sufferings will serve our future glory. () All of our groaning will work together for our good (). At least one way this happens is that suffering produces hope (). Study Questions
Try to define “good” in . Clearly, it does not mean comfort or ease or health or prosperity. So what does it mean here? When Paul says “all things,” what kinds of things does he have in mind? Read , , and . Do those verses change or shape the way you read ? If so, in what ways?