"All things work together for good for those who love God," well, sign me up, but does that really mean life will be perfect?
Context is Everything
The book of Romans is an explanation of what Christ's sacrifice and the Christian life means. It gets nittygritty and lofty by turns. In chapter 7, Paul spoke of being unable to not sin - "Who will deliver me from this sin that brings death to my body?" And in Romans 8, he answers with Christ has delivered us. This is not about an easy life here and now, though it does make things better in ways that have to be experienced to be understood.
The primary goal, however, is a readjustment of our concept of good.
|This is the same heart as in the first photo. We're just seeing the other side now.|
Verse 29b tells us the ultimate goal is that we become like Jesus.
What draws people to Jesus? It should draw people to us.
Illustrating the Message - ProcessStill reading The Most Misused Verses in the Bible: Surprising Ways God's Word is Misunderstood, by Eric J. Bargerhuff, he used the words "weave," and "wove" in reference to Romans 28. This project leaped into my mind.
In the photo above, you see a scrap watercolor/rubber stamping. i had originally made several as possible card fronts. Max and i chose the best to use for Snowbird Speech Therapist, then i had a bunch left over for random projects.
|Cut 2 along all black lines.. Be very careful about doing the one under/one over weave. i rewove mine 6-8x to get it right!|