7 things I learned from leaving everything to follow Jesus

August 23, 2019 by Discerning Dad


We left everything to become missionaries for 5 months with Youth With a Mission. I left a career of 19 yrs. and an income that supported our family. My wife left her beloved dog, cat & her pet sitting business. We left our oldest daughter. We left our home. We left our family and friends. My older son left university. My younger daughter left her friends who loved her so. My younger son left 7 years of playing travel Ice Hockey. We left our culture. We left it all to follow Jesus.

We are back now and I want to share the 7 things I learned from leaving everything to follow Jesus.

1. Just because God guides you into something, does not mean it will be easy (Judges3:1) It surprised me how hard it was. I expected to experience an unusual grace that made all the hard stuff, easy. There was abundant grace to do what we did, but it did not remove the difficulty of the experience. I was confronted by my own sin, failings and its affect on those I loved. That was a part of the plan, I did not expect. God’s grace got us through the hard experiences vs. avoiding them altogether.

2. God does not need our talent, ability, or strength. (Matt 28:52) I felt more weak and like a failure these last 6 months that I had in years. Yet, in my weaknesses I would give God my yes, my willingness. That was all he needed to produce fruit in others lives. Our family saw over 120 salvations in the midst of our personal weaknesses. My son who is 14 and never preached in his life preached 3 times and say 55 teenagers come to salvation.

3. I learned God guides as you Go (Proverbs 3:6). Before this experience, I did nothing until I hear God speak. I was so afraid to get it wrong. In YWAM, I gained confidence that God can show me as I go. I don’t have to wait months in silence for the “voice” before I step out in faith. We saw many discouraged missionaries because they did not hear the voice. If your 51% sure, go for it.

4. God breaks fear off your life by leading you into adventure. (Judges 7:2)I had terrible fears of nature and of tragic things happening to my family. I was 22, when I saw my friend plunge to his death from a rock climbing accident right before me. Ever since, I had trepidation around risky adventures. I confronted those fears with God’s help. We did things that were dangerous or potentially dangerous… We jumped off cliffs, hiked up mountain cliffs, drove down life-threatening single path roads, snorkeled in open oceans, rode dangerous waves, rode planks of wood welded to a motorcycle into head on traffic & up mountains, ate strange things and lived to tell about it.

5. God is faithful to provide (Phil 4:19). I was weak and unsure of how to move forward the last week of our mission assignment. I had no direction and was not prepared to “got at it” to find work. In that state, I was approached about a job the Wednesday before we came home. 1 week after we came home, I did a 20 minute interview for the job. Less than a week after, they offered me the job with same salary I made before we left for our mission. All the weeks and months, I worried were a waste of time.

6. We need so little to be happy in life (Proverbs 17:1). The kids we played with in the slums are proof of this. Living out of a suitcase in small quarters or my entire family in 1 tiny room was hard but not impossible. It was nice to see my kids vs. them be sequestered away in their rooms all the time, living separate lives. We grew closer together by being physically closer together. We came back to the mainland overwhelmed with a sense of we don’t need all this stuff. Why do we have all this? Sometimes our luxuries (compared the rest of the world) can lead us further apart and into isolation

7. Jesus is worth it. (Rev 7:9) Going into this I focused a lot on what I was giving up or walking away from. Would we be ok, would God be faithful to us and take care of our concerns? After I crossed the line of no return, I was overwhelmed by Jesus’ worthiness. It was my honor to give these things up for His glory. It was my privilege to have my life’s sacrifice be my praise to Him. I got such a greater revelation of what I was gaining by giving all to Jesus. I was not losing a thing. I gained more of Jesus. I gained more of his heart, his perspective, & his desires for everyone to know and experience His love. I did not lose, I gained everything. Reminds me of the old praise song “when all things to surround become shadows in the light of His glory and grace”

I pray you get to experience what I’ve experienced, Jesus is worth it! Taste and See that the Lord is good. Take your own steps to taste and see for yourself.

Troy Mangum
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Guest- Troy Mangum from The Kindling Fire


Arkansas Town Passes Measure Calling Itself a Pro-Life City, Tells Planned Parenthood Take a Hike


An Arkansas town council recently joined a growing list of U.S. cities that are taking a stand against abortion.

The Arkansas Democrat Gazette reports the Springdale City Council Committee of the Whole voted unanimously Monday to adopt the pro-life statement. The full city council plans to vote on the measure Aug. 13.

The statement declares Springdale to be a pro-life city. It also tells the abortion chain Planned Parenthood that it is not welcome there, according to the report.

Though the statement does not have any legal weight, it sends a message that Springdale supports life, said council member Colby Fulfer, who proposed the measure.

“There’s no way we’re going to ban abortion,” because Roe v. Wade is still in place, he said. “We want to say the government of Springdale supports life from creation to conception to the end stages of life.”

Fulfer said he is concerned about Planned Parenthood opening a new location in their city after it closed its Fayetteville branch in July. The abortion chain said it had trouble with its landlord, and it is looking for a new location.

The city’s pro-life statement is “respectfully asking the abortion provider to find another city,” he added.

According to the local news, Fulfer also brought up programs that the city supports to help families in need.

Springfield is not alone. A growing number of towns and cities have passed resolutions this year in response to the radical pro-abortion agenda that is being pushed on Americans. The Democratic presidential candidates all support forcing taxpayers to fund abortionsand oppose minor, common sense restrictions on abortions after viability.

Several states, including New York, Illinois and Rhode Island, also passed pro-abortion laws this year to allow viable, late-term unborn babies to be aborted for basically any reason.

In response, Roswell, New Mexico city leaders passed a pro-life resolution in March after state lawmakers considered a radical pro-abortion bill to expand late-term abortions. The bill narrowly failed to pass.

In New York state, Batavia city leaders and Putnam County legislators also passed measures condemning a radical new pro-abortion law in their state and supporting protections for the unborn.

Then, in June, the eastern Texas city of Waskom adopted a pro-life ordinance declaring their home a “sanctuary city for the unborn.” In July, another Texas city considered a similar pro-life measure, but the council voted against it after the ACLU threatened a costly lawsuit.

In May, the Riverton City Council in Utah passed a similar resolution, declaring the city a “sanctuary for the unborn.” In June, the Utah County Commission unanimously passed a resolution supporting protections for unborn babies. Then in July, the council in Highland, Utah passed a similar pro-life resolution.


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She Was an Abortion Clinic Nurse, Until God Changed Her Life in a Miraculous Way


María Martínez Gómez spent years working at an abortion facility, denying the realities of what she saw.

A nurse in Spain, she said she was baptized Catholic, but when she grew up, she began to despise the faith and all it stood for, according to the Catholic News Agency.

During a Catholic conference in May in San Sebastian, Spain, Gómez explained why she quit her abortion work and how God changed her life in a miraculous way.

She said her work at the abortion clinic stressed her out; she spent her days getting women ready for surgical abortions and then trying to comfort them afterward. Gómez said she lied to herself and the women about the unborn babies who were being aborted there.

Once, she remembered, she thought she saw the foot of an aborted baby, but she said she convinced herself that it was just a blood clot, according to the report.

Here’s more:

Gomez said the abortion clinic purposely took steps to ensure that women would not change their minds prior to their abortions. Women would be isolated from their partners, to “remove them from reality,” before their surgeries, and it would be Gomez’s job to hold their hands and keep them calm while the abortion was happening.

Afterwards, she said that sometimes the women were so traumatized by what they had experienced, they thought they had not yet undergone an abortion and begged her to stop it from happening. It was Gomez’s job to inform them that they had in fact already had an abortion.

Eventually, she said she quit because of the stress of the job. She went back to school and earned a degree in physiotherapy.

About that same time, there was a devastating earthquake in Nepal. Gómez decided to move to Kathmandu to help with the relief efforts, the report states.

It was there in that Hindu country that Jesus touched her heart and brought her to the Catholic faith.

One day, she said she was walking in the street when a sister with the Missionaries of Charity grabbed her and urged her to follow. Gómez said she thought about going along just to mock the sisters during Mass, but things turned out very differently.

Gómez spoke Spanish, and the Mass was in English, so she said she did not understand it very well. Then, suddenly, she said she heard a voice in Spanish telling her, “Welcome home.” Confused, she said she heard the voice again, saying: “Welcome home. How long it took you to love me.”

“It was the cross of Christ talking to me,” she said.

Gómez said she laid on the floor and wept, asking for forgiveness.

Later, the sisters told her that they had been praying for someone exactly like her, a physiotherapist, to come to their convent, according to the report.

Gómez said she spent four months with the sisters, teaching them physical therapy and rehabilitation until her visa ran out. Then, she returned to Spain where she has been sharing her conversion story.

“I was a dry bone in that valley, that He decided to revive,” Gomez said. “That is the Mercy of God.”


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Powerful New Photos Show Women Who Desperately Regret Their Abortions But Found Christ’s Forgiveness


Angela Forker is giving a voice to women in a society that increasingly is trying to silence their stories.

Her new photography project, After The Abortion, uses powerful images and quotes to share post-abortive women’s testimonies. Through the photos, Forker shows the women’s struggles, their pain and grief, and their journey to healing.

“Something is happening in America, and those who are in the middle, they need to make a choice,” Forker told LifeNews.com.

At a time when women are encouraged to brag about how good their abortions were and silenced if they regret them, Forker said she hopes the After The Abortion project will “touch hearts and show them the truth behind abortion. Who can argue with their experience?”

Forker said her background is in baby photography and missions. She and her husband used to serve as missionaries in Germany and Italy before they returned to the United States a number of years ago.

Earlier this year, she said she felt God calling her to begin the After The Abortion project.

But she hesitated.

Forker said she had been praying that God would use her photography to help people come to Him. But the answer was not what she had expected.

“He stretched me in a way I never thought possible,” she said. “He told me to photograph post-abortive women and tell their stories, I basically said no to God. I argued with Him because I was doing baby photography.”

Between her photography business, ministry work and her Precious Baby project (another one of her pro-life ministries), Forker felt too busy to start something new. She also confessed that she was worried that people would think that she had had an abortion.

“In an instant, God showed me His great heart of love and compassion for these women, and I just started crying,” she remembered. “I asked Him to forgive me, and promised to do it for Him.”

Since February, Forker has completed about a dozen photography sessions with women who have had abortions. In each case, the women contact her about participating.

To begin, she asks the women to share their stories with her, and then she creates unique photo sessions around their experiences. Some women tell her of struggles with depression or denial, others with substance abuse, broken relationships or suicidal thoughts. Some of her sessions involve the fathers of the unborn babies, too – because abortions affect every member of the family.

Their stories tell of bitterness and grief and the realization that they aborted their own children. But Forker believes they also are a testament to the healing power of Jesus.

My  abortion almost killed me,” one woman, Meg, told Forker. “I had an acute awareness of my daughter’s soul leaving the room. And, as if in a cartoon, a black cloud moved over me. Guilt. Shame.”

Another woman, Jenna, told Forker that she carries a walnut with her to remind her of her unborn baby. When she had the abortion, Jenna said she felt her baby, about the size of a walnut, pass out of her body.

“Something in my head said, ‘Don’t forget about me,’” Jenna remembered. “I won’t ever forget. There was nothing worse than killing your own child.”

During each session, Forker also prays with the women. She said she asks that their stories will help other mothers choose life and other post-abortive mothers and fathers find healing and forgiveness.

After she is finished, she posts them on her public Facebook page, After The Abortion. Each is a unique piece of art, a series of photos and quotes that poignantly capture each woman’s experience.

In just a few months, their stories have reached thousands of people across the world. Forker said she has received many messages from women asking how they also can find forgiveness and healing after their abortions. She directs them to post-abortion healing ministries like Rachel’s Vineyard and Surrendering the Secret.

Her project speaks to a time where women are encouraged to “shout” their abortions, where the abortion industry tells women that aborting an unborn baby is “normal.” Post-abortive women who experience profound grief and regret often feel silenced and alone — as if they are the only ones who feel that way. But they are not.

The stories told through Forker’s project remind our culture that abortions are not normal or brag-worthy. They are damaging, destructive. They kill unborn babies and leave countless mothers and fathers struggling with an immense weight of grief and pain.

But there is hope.

Women facing unplanned pregnancies can find help and support. Women and men who have lost their unborn babies to abortion can find healing in Christ. These are the messages that Forker hopes to reach the world with.

“It’s just been incredible,” Forker told LifeNews. “It has touched so many lives around the world. And I’m just blown away.”

To be considered for the project, email Angela Forker at preciousbabyphotography@outlook.com.


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Trading Beauty for Ashes

Nina Keegan

The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part. Job 42:12(NIV)

The long, winding security line at the airport was in a complete standstill. The international terminals were taking longer than domestic, and I could sense growing frustration and impatience in many fellow travelers as we baby-stepped our way through the winding line.

This trip would be very significant for me. You see, a few months ago I finalized a very long, difficult, and tumultuous divorce that left me feeling sucker-punched (to say the very least). Feelings of abandonment, betrayal, and pain sped through the most diabolical year I ever faced. Constant arrows and fiery darts aimed recklessly and with acute accuracy at my already scorched heart and soul. As these prolific bullets clamored to extinguish any last morsel of peace, I would receive a word, a prayer, a call, a voice, a standout scripture… all imploring me to trust God and not give up or give in. I would read promises of restoration, peace, joy, and a double portion of blessing. I would stand on these promises that in the natural seemed impossible and intangible, and let them consume me.

Coincidentally, and even more significant was the fact that I just-so-happened to be flying on my birthday. There was just something very metaphoric about that to me. I was jetting off (in a sense) to that latter part of my life; forgetting what lies behind and looking forward to all the future blessings God had been stock-piling for me – the pile containing my beauty for ashes and the double portion for all the enemy tried to steal from me. I had a new hope and new excitement knowing that God was in charge and so brilliantly faithful. He was knitting me back together. But when He restores, He always multiplies. God is good all the time! James 1:16-18

And we know that in ALL things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 (NIV)

Finally, after a 10-plus hour flight, I arrived in Scotland. The beauty of this land is unmatched in the glorious creativity of our Heavenly Father. Breathe! Time to breathe! This was it… I felt the promises of God everywhere saying, “Here you go my daughter! This will be a time of restoration and rejuvenation.”

My travels also took me to London, the English countryside, and to Paris. I was joined sometimes by my amazing sons and sometimes by my wonderful friends. God’s peace was in every laugh, tear, train, plane, cab, and every glorious croissant or cafe au lait. As I gazed upon the city of Paris from the summit of the Eiffel Tower, I gasped as I visualized God smiling His radiant love.

I am reminded that we sometimes must go through the tough times in life to get to the good stuff. God has to prune things from our lives that rob us of all He has for us. The Bible says we must share in God’s suffering that we might also share in His glory. We are never immune to heartache, trials, or devastation. But what we do have is a Loving Father who will never leave us! His blessings have no deadline, no expiration date. They are infinite, endless, and beyond comprehension. He will perfect ALL of our concerns.

Action Steps: Speak victory over your life, rise above your circumstances and surrender it all with praise and thanksgiving. Let all that hurts you be covered forever in the blood of Jesus! Through His blood shed – We Win!! He always causes us to be victorious; even when it seems utterly impossible. He is the God of possible! God is who He says He is. Hold On. Your Good is coming and your BEST days are still out in front of you. Receive it!

Copyright © 2014 by Nina Keegan. Used by permission.

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VIDEO Searing the conscience over issue of abortion – Life is Beautiful

Jerry Newcombe asks how many people are becoming jaded

Four years ago, citizen journalist David Daleiden shocked the civilized world by releasing a series of undercover videos that documented the trafficking of baby body parts for profit. Planned Parenthood was gearing their abortions – for which they already make lots of money – so they could also sell the baby body parts for great profit.

On the one hand, Planned Parenthood denies that the unborn babies are human. On the other hand, the baby brains, hearts, kidneys, lungs, etc. bring a handsome price for the researchers that pay for them. Furthermore, to extract those body parts from the unborn babies they killed, Planned Parenthood had to engage in some forms of abortion that are illegal, such as partial-birth abortion.

This is all old news. Four years have come and gone. Ironically, it is the citizen journalist who exposed all of this who faces ongoing legal threats. Last week, thankfully, he weathered a major storm in this area.

Conservative Review notes that a San Francisco judge ruled against the abortion giant and in favor of the First Amendment.

Planned Parenthood was suing David Daleiden and his team at the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), seeking some $20 million in damages because of fallout from his four-year-old revelations.

Judge William Orrick III gave a tentative ruling that Daleidin’s First Amendment rights outweighed Planned Parenthood’s claim that some could be incited to violence by witnessing the abortion provider’s behavior. It should be noted this is not a final ruling.

However, Judge Orrick did note that Daleiden could still be liable for expenses incurred by Planned Parenthood in investigating security and intrusions, since they allege that Daleiden trespassed. For this, Daleiden may be on the hook for $100,000 in damages – a far cry from the $20,000,000 that the abortion giant was seeking.

After last Wednesday’s decision, Daleiden declared, “Now that all the facts, evidence, and testimony are in, even Planned Parenthood’s favorite judge refuses to buy into the abortion giant’s fake news and lies about the honest motives and protected speech of pro-life citizen journalists.”

Meanwhile, Daleiden faces other legal problems as well – such as a fine against him for nearly $200,000 for allegedly violating a judge’s gag order.

It seems to have been like this ever since Daleiden revealed his undercover videos to the world. It has been a case of “Society doesn’t like the message, so it shoots the messenger.”

That said, his videos have made a difference. Cheryl Sullenger, senior vice president of Operation Rescue, listed for me a few such changes in the last four years:

  • Ongoing FBI investigation into Planned Parenthood
  • Two medical research companies were heavily fined and ordered to close for trafficking in aborted baby body parts obtained from Planned Parenthood
  • Defunding of Planned Parenthood by several states
  • Attempts to pass the Born Alive Infant Protection Act on state and federal levels
  • Government contract with Advanced Bioscience Resources for fetal remains cancelled
  • Federal defunding of aborted baby body parts used in NIH-sponsored research

Thank God for these victories. To me, the sad thing about this overall story is that, while America was initially shocked by CMP’s revelations, after a while the story of the sale of baby body parts was met with a collective yawn, or so it seems.

Dr. George Grant, an author of a definitive exposé on Planned Parenthood (“Grand Illusions”), told me: “Four years after David Daleiden’s stunning revelations, I am more concerned about the silence of Christians in the face of undeniable evil than I am about the brazen Orwellian collusion of the media and the political establishment in covering up the gruesome business of Planned Parenthood. It is both more dangerous and more disheartening.”

Mother Teresa once said, “Abortion is a crime that kills not only the child but the consciences of all involved.”

While he was president, Ronald Reagan wrote a book, “Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation” (1984), in which he states: “As an act of ‘raw judicial power’ (to use Justice White’s biting phrase), the decision by the seven-man majority in Roe v. Wade has so far been made to stick. But … Roe v. Wade has become a continuing prod to the conscience of the nation.”

Perhaps, since Roe v. Wade in 1973 and the subsequent killing of more than 60 million preborn children by abortion, we have become jaded. As the saying goes, “Tell me something I don’t know.”

David Daleiden’s work exposed that babies were being aborted so their body parts could be harvested (with or without the consent of the mothers having the abortions). Initially, many shocked people were reminded of the infamous Nazi doctors, e.g., Mengele, and their medical experiments on Holocaust victims.

I fear abortion is allowing our consciences to be seared.

Searing the conscience over issue of abortion

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For What “Good” Is God Working All Things Together?

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by Jeremiah Johnson

In the lead-up to the Truth Matters conference in October, we will be focusing our attention on the sufficiency, authority, and clarity of Scripture. Of our previous blog series, none better embodies that emphasis than Frequently Abused Verses. The following entry from that series originally appeared on September 28, 2015. -ed.

You’ve probably heard the proverb “Familiarity breeds contempt.” That’s often true with relationships and institutions, as your close proximity reveals cracks and blemishes you wouldn’t notice in passing. However, when it comes to Scripture, familiarity usually breeds carelessness.

Many of the “Frequently Abused Verses” we’re considering have been maliciously ripped from their context, misappropriated, and misapplied. Their original meaning has been twisted and contorted to serve a foreign purpose and make a fraudulent point.

However, in some cases, the abuse is much more passive. That’s true of the verse before us today—Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

At first glance, it might be hard to imagine how such a simple, straightforward verse could be abused. How could anyone misconstrue and misrepresent this wonderful promise from God?

But in this case, the abuse of this verse is tied to its familiarity and simplicity. Most believers have heard this verse so many times that they rarely stop to consider its larger context, or give any thought to the point the apostle Paul had in mind when he first wrote it. Call it “needlepoint theology”—the great passages of Scripture that most often wind up on wall hangings and throw pillows are the ones we’re least likely to prayerfully consider and thoroughly study.

Romans 8:28 is a prime example of how careless familiarity can lead to corruption. The verse is applied to virtually every hardship, disappointment, and trial that believers encounter. It’s an all-purpose spiritual salve for every situation.

A Better Life

Here’s one example—a devotional reading from Joel Osteen. Romans 8:28 appears to be one of the prosperity preacher’s favorite verses—this is just one of the many entries he’s written on it, titled “When Life Isn’t Fair.”

Everyone goes through things that don’t seem to make sense. It’s easy to get discouraged and wonder, “Why did this happen to me?” “Why did this person treat me wrong?” “Why did I get laid off?” But we have to understand, even though life is not always fair, God is fair. And, He promises to work all things together for good for those who love Him.

I believe the key word is this verse is “together.” In other words, you can’t just isolate one part of your life and say, “Well, this is not good.” “It’s not good that I got laid off.” “It’s not good that my relationship didn’t work out.” Yes, that’s true, but that’s just one part of your life. God can see the big picture. That disappointment is not the end. Remember, when one door closes, God has another door for you to walk through—a better door. Those difficulties and challenges are merely stepping stones toward your brighter future. Be encouraged today because God has a plan for you to rise higher. He has a plan for you to come out stronger. He has a plan to work all things together for your good so that you can move forward in the victory He has prepared for you! [1]

With some variation, that represents many believers’ general understanding of what Paul meant in Romans 8:28—“Don’t let life get you down. God’s going to make everything better!”

Of course that oversimplification goes beyond the original intent of Paul’s words. There’s no biblical basis for Osteen’s promise that God always has a better door for us to walk through. In fact, His Word promises that life won’t always be happy, rich, and full—sometimes we’re meant to suffer (1 Peter 4:12).

It’s in the midst of that suffering that Romans 8:28 is most often deployed. We want to trust that God is working, even through our trials, to bring about His will. And there’s plenty of biblical evidence to back up that hope. The story of Joseph in the Old Testament is one of the clearest examples.

Joseph was severely beaten and sold into slavery by his brothers. He endured the illicit advances of his boss’ wife, and was thrown into prison after she made false accusations against him. He lingered in prison for years before he was released and brought in to council Pharaoh himself. He was given a position of leadership, in which the Lord used him to spare Egypt and countless surrounding communities—including his own family—from famine. At the end of his story, as he reconciles with the brothers who kick-started all his suffering, he acknowledges God’s sovereign hand working through it all: “As for you, you meant evil against me, butGod meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive” (Genesis 50:20).

Stories like Joseph’s give us confidence that God is always working behind the scenes to bring about His will. But He might not have such monumental purposes for our suffering. Sometimes it’s simply for our own spiritual growth that the Lord allows us to suffer through trials (James 1:2). The Spirit’s refining, sanctifying work is often painful, but the spiritual fruit it bears is well worth the struggle.

In his commentary on Romans, John MacArthur explains that God is working out

our good during this present life as well as ultimately in the life to come. No matter what happens in our lives as His children, the providence of God uses it for our temporal as well as our eternal benefit, sometimes by saving us from tragedies and sometimes by sending us through them in order to draw us closer to Him. [2]

But is our spiritual growth and temporal blessing the ultimate “good” Paul describes in his words to the Romans? A careful look at the context of verse 28 points us to an even greater promise from the Lord.

A Certain Eternity

In the immediate context of Romans 8, Paul is not dwelling on our current suffering, but looking forward to eternity. In verse 18, he mentions the “sufferings of this present time,” but only to say that they cannot compare to “the glory that is to be revealed to us.” From there he explains how creation groans to be free from the curse of sin (Romans 8:19-22), and how believers likewise long to see the fulfillment of their faith (vv. 23-25). Then he describes how the Spirit intercedes on our behalf according to God’s eternal purposes (vv. 26-27).

The theme continues in the verses immediately following:

For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. (Romans 8:29-30)

In the context of the believer’s eternal glorification, we need to understand the “purpose” for which God is working all things together as not merely our temporal good, but our eternal good. In that sense, Romans 8:28 isn’t merely a promise that God is watching out for us in this life; it’s a guarantee that He is working out all aspects of our lives toward His ultimate goal of our future glorification. It’s a promise that our eternity with Him is secure.

In a sermon on this passage called “Groanings Too Deep for Words,” John MacArthur explains that powerful promise this way:

The point is this: Because of the plan of God and the provision of Christ and the protection of the Holy Spirit through His intercessory ministry, God is causing all things to work together for our final, eternal, ultimate good. Not everything in this life works out for good—far from it. Oh, you might draw a good lesson from it. You might draw a good outcome from it. You might be drawn to the Lord. It might increase your prayer life. It might strengthen you. It might give you patience. It might perfect you, mature you. It might make you able to counsel other people and strengthen them because . . . you’ve been comforted by God in the same struggles.

All of those are wonderful realities, but that’s not the good that’s being spoken of here. The good that dominates this passage is that ultimate, final good that is the glorification of true believers. We are secured to that final good, that which is the best.

In His providence, God is sovereignly orchestrating all events according to His will, for His glory and our good. But we’re not guaranteed that all our struggles will be turned into blessing. Sometimes He will rescue us from tragedies; other times it’s our suffering that brings about His desired result. Our perspective on His sovereign goodness cannot be bound to our own circumstances—if Joseph had remained in the Egyptian jail for the rest of His life, would God be any less good, or His will less than perfect?

What we are guaranteed in Romans 8:28 is that regardless of what we have to endure in this life, our eternity with Him is unassailable. Nothing can stand in the way of His plans for our future glorification.

And in the midst of life’s struggles, what better promise could we cling to?