Romans 8:28 says: “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.”
Working all things for my good, it doesn’t say that it will make me happy, or that everything that happens to me is good. We live in a fallen, sinful, evil world. Sin is prevalent in our society, and deeper still in our very DNA. For those who have been called this is a very comforting verse. It tells me that God’s long-range purpose for my life in all circumstances is to bring about
good on my behalf. He has my well-being at the center of his heart. Does this mean it is for everyone, no, it is for those who are “the called”, those that have felt the move of the Holy Spirit and repented of your sins, they have been saved and filled with his Holy Spirit, they are his children!
Gods ultimate goal is to make us like Christ, to use the events of our life to change us, to take us to greater heights in our walk with him. He uses the good, the bad, and the ugly to accomplish his purpose in us and in this universe.
Scripture says this about God’s sovereignty:
Exodus 33: 19b “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”
Ephesians 1:11 “In him, we were also chosen having been predestined according to the plan of him who works at everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.”
Psalm 115:3 “to quote our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him.”
Even people of this world, our parents and we as parents intend good for our children, or at least most do. They love to do good things for them, they love to see them prosper and do well. So, we must ask this question that we find in Matthew 7:11 “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him?” It is really written as a statement in the Bible but it is a great question to ponder.
Life is hard, good things happen to bad people and bad things happen to good people, but in all of this God is Sovereign over it, and for his children he always intends it for their good. When we come through a time of testing or trial we can trust that God is working all things out, he won’t forsake us, and although we may not see the good now; One day we will know, maybe on this side of heaven, or maybe on the other side. I can assure you it will not matter anymore because we are home! Praise God!
We can rest on his plans for us knowing he loves us and wants to make us more like him and when our time of “construction” has ended; He will take us home!