And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
The above verse is probably one of the most quoted verses when something bad happens in our lives. I think every time I've had a death in my family someone, somewhere will quote this verse to me. It is meant as a comfort of course, and people mean well when they say it, but how does it really apply to our lives? Do all bad events have a good purpose? Does God purposely cause all things to work out in a Christian's favour?
The verse immediately after Romans 8:28 gives the impression that not only does God make everything work out for the Christian, but He basically has preordained who would become His, thus enjoying His blessings.
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
What does all this mean? Is everything always going to work out for the good, just because we are Christians? Yes and no.
We live in a fallen world and God sends rain and sunshine on good and bad alike. In other words, everyone - Christian or not - will experience good and bad things in life. For those who do not yet know the Lord those moments of tragedy and despair will either draw them closer to God, or cause them to curse Him. The choice will be theirs. Likewise, Christians will either turn to God in their moments of struggle, or they will have a crisis of faith. Again, the choice is theirs. But here's the kicker, and Christians really need to pay attention to this: those bad things that happen to you ARE working together for your good. The problem is, you might not see that "good" until you reach your heavenly home. So it all comes down to a matter of faith and trusting in God to do right by you.
If you believe that God "works for the good of those who love Him," then you will trust Him in all things, even if you don't see that "good" in this lifetime. Why? Because "Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things" - 1 Corinthians 13:7.
How Much Do You Trust God?
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