Reasons one through six make it clear that God’s plans are good news (gospel) for our lives. Not just for now, but for eternity. But what if something dislodged me from His plans? Through Paul, God answers in Romans 8:28 and 8:35-39.
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.
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.
God is working everything in my life for good.
You heard Paul. “But what about that one time I _____?” Everything. “Or, how about when that person ______?” Everything. For those who love Him: everything. Say it out loud, “EV-ER-Y-THING.” Does this mean God made all this stuff happen to me? No. Does it mean He can make it all good? Yes.
Nothing can separate me from the love of God.
If you have a hard time believing this one, read Romans 8:38-39 about eight more times. The list of things that could never separate you from God’s love is quite robust, but to be safe Paul ends with, “nor anything else in all creation.” Why are we optimistic about this life and the next? Because nothing can separate us from God’s love extended through Jesus (the Gospel). What can? Not one thing!