All Things Work Together for Good - Romans 8:28

Verse of the Day - Day 23

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Today's Bible Verse:

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. (ESV)

Today's Inspiring Thought: All Things Work Together for Good

Not everything that comes into our lives can be classified as good. Paul didn't say here that all things are good. Yet, if we really believe this passage of Scripture, then we have to acknowledge that all things—the good, the bad, the sunshine, and the rain—are somehow working together by God's design for our ultimate well-being.

The “good” Paul spoke of is not always what we think is best. The next verse explains: "For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son ..." (Romans 8:29). The "good" is God conforming us into the image of Jesus Christ. With this in mind, it's easier to understand how our trials and difficulties are part of God’s plan. He wants to change us from what we are by nature to what he intends us to be.

In my own life, when I look back on the trials and those difficult things that seemed far from good at the time, I can see now how they were working for my benefit. I understand now why God allowed me to go through the fiery trials. If we could live out our lives in reverse order, this verse would be so much easier to grasp.

God's Plan Is for Good

"In one thousand trials it is not five hundred of them that work for the believer’s good, but nine hundred and ninety-nine of them, and one beside." --George Mueller

For good reason, Romans 8:28 is a favorite verse of many. In fact, some consider this to be the greatest verse in the entire Bible. If we take it at face value, it tells us that nothing happens outside of God’s plan for our good. That's a tremendous promise to stand on when life doesn't feel so good. That's a solid hope to hold on to through the storm.

God doesn't allow disaster or permit evil randomly. Joni Eareckson Tada, who became a quadriplegic after her skiing accident, said, "God permits what He hates to achieve what He loves."

You can trust that God never makes mistakes or lets things slip through the crack—even when calamities and heartaches strike. God loves you. He has the power to do what you never dreamed possible. He is bringing about a wonderful plan for your life. He is working everything--yes, even that!--for your good.