“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” (Romans 8:28 NIV).
You’ve likely leaned upon this truth during difficult times. We all have. We cling to the hope of blessings as a result of every painful challenge experienced.
Take a closer look at what Paul wrote.
He wrote that God is at work in every life experience. We are certain of that. We know this is true because God is “our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). He is with us always, and especially so during difficult times.
Paul wrote that God works for good.
His purpose is to bring about some measure of what can rightfully be defined as “good.” No matter how painful or overwhelming the challenge, God has his eye on some future “good.”
He wrote that the good is realized among those “who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” This is a significantly large collection of people.
We misread the promise when we narrow the outcome to our own lives.
Look again. There is no promise of an immediate “good” in the life of the one who suffers. There is only the promise that God is aware of the challenge and will, somehow, use it for the good of his people.
I may not see the “good” he brings about. Those I share life with may not see it. The good God accomplishes may not even be identifiable by human beings.