In Why Does God Allow War? Lloyd-Jones ends by calling Romans 8:28 (and the surrounding verses) the final answer to all our questions.
Lloyd-Jones ministered through the thick of WWII, even preaching as Westminster Chapel was rattled by German bombs dropped on London. The same word of God that was active and relevant then is needed now in the midst of the COVID19 crisis:
Romans 8:28 — And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Verses 31 & 32 — 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?
Lloyd-Jones’s reflections on this passage are a timely encouragement for us to cling to these truths in our unstable day. Let’s find the answer to our deepest questions in the promises of God’s word:
Is God, Who actually delivered up His only Son to that cruel death on Calvary’s Cross for us and for our sins, likely to allow anything or anyone to stand between us and His ultimate purpose for us? It is impossible. With reverence, we say that God, having thus done the most impossible thing, must of necessity do all else.
If God did that, for our salvation, He will surely do everything else that is necessary. And if the death of Christ, with all that is so true of it, is the final cause of our salvation, surely everything else that we may experience, however bitter and cruel, must work to the same great end. God turned sin’s most desperate action into the means of our salvation, and whatever lesser sufferings we may have to bear, as the result of the activity of sin and evil, will be turned to the same glorious end.
If we believe that we are in God’s will, if we know that He loves us, and if we love Him in return and as a consequence of his love, then we can be certain that all things, whatever they may be, are working together for our good.