Job 4 & Romans 8

Job 4

    Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said:

    “If one ventures a word with you, will you be impatient?
        Yet who can keep from speaking?
    Behold, you have instructed many,
        and you have strengthened the weak hands.
    Your words have upheld him who was stumbling,
        and you have made firm the feeble knees.
    But now it has come to you, and you are impatient;
        it touches you, and you are dismayed.
    Is not your fear of God your confidence,
        and the integrity of your ways your hope?
    
    
    “Remember: who that was innocent ever perished?
        Or where were the upright cut off?
    As I have seen, those who plow iniquity
        and sow trouble reap the same.
    By the breath of God they perish,
        and by the blast of his anger they are consumed.
    The roar of the lion, the voice of the fierce lion,
        the teeth of the young lions are broken.
    The strong lion perishes for lack of prey,
        and the cubs of the lioness are scattered.
    
    
    “Now a word was brought to me stealthily;
        my ear received the whisper of it.
    Amid thoughts from visions of the night,
        when deep sleep falls on men,
    dread came upon me, and trembling,
        which made all my bones shake.
    A spirit glided past my face;
        the hair of my flesh stood up.
    It stood still,
        but I could not discern its appearance.
    A form was before my eyes;
        there was silence, then I heard a voice:
    ‘Can mortal man be in the right before God?
        Can a man be pure before his Maker?
    Even in his servants he puts no trust,
        and his angels he charges with error;
    how much more those who dwell in houses of clay,
        whose foundation is in the dust,
        who are crushed like the moth.
    Between morning and evening they are beaten to pieces;
        they perish forever without anyone regarding it.
    Is not their tent-cord plucked up within them,
        do they not die, and that without wisdom?’
    

(Job 4 ESV)

Romans 8

    There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

    You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.

    So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

    Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

    What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,

    “For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
        we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
    
    
        No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

(Romans 8 ESV)

Romans 8: In looking at what is one of the most encouraging promises found throughout the entire Bible, we must make some general observations in order to make sure ‘we know’ what the apostle is saying here.

One primary thing that must be understood in light of this promise that ‘all things work for our good’ is the assurance that God is not passively sitting and watching us struggle to survive our way through this life. God is at work. God is working. God is actively involved in our lives and is always working with intentionality and purpose. And not only is God working, but He is always working ‘for the good’.
 
God in His goodness and providence only works for our good even if we sometimes fail to see any direct ‘goodness' in His work. God is working for our good even if it doesn’t feel good at the time. There is no doubt that the sufferings and groanings that the apostle has been describing in the previous passages are undoubtedly included in the ‘all things’ God uses here for our good. Perhaps, it would benefit us to constantly remind ourselves that our ultimate good and most desperate need in life is undoubtedly the completeness of our salvation rather than our comfort and happiness.

Now, to be sure, the hope that this promise brings is not a hope that the general public can claim for themselves. This is a promise strictly reserved as a blessing for God’s children - “those who love Him”. And there is even more encouragement in the fact that “those who love Him” are also considered as those “who have been called according to His purpose”. Life is not random chaos. God has had a salvation plan in place, and He is executing that plan perfectly. This testifies to the truth that our love for God is evidence of His initial love for us. A Christian can rest assured that everything in life is going according to the eternal plan.