“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). Understanding that all things work together for the believer’s good is key to living the life of a disciple, and key to Christian happiness, and also key to overcoming hardships and tragedy.
Romans 8:28 can be seen played out in the lives of Abraham, Joseph, and the Apostle Paul. Abraham failed God over and over again, but God always had his back; and so God turned Abraham’s failures into learning experiences that propelled Abraham to become a forefather of faith! That’s God Romans 8:28ing Abraham’s failures.
Joseph was unjustly put into slavery and imprisoned, but God used those times to train Joseph to become a great world leader. That’s God Romans 8:28ing the injustices in Joseph’s life.
God gave the Apostle Paul the ability to heal others, but not himself, because Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” kept him humble, enabling Paul to become an even greater witness for Christ. That’s God Romans 8:28ing Paul’s physical suffering.
And God Romans 8:28’s everything that happens to us believers today too. God turns our failures into something good for us. And God turns the injustices that happen to us into something that benefits us. And God even turns our physical suffering into something that helps us. All things work together for our good, brothers and sisters- that’s God’s promise to us. Take comfort in that, and give thanks for everything that happens- both good and bad.