“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.”
These are some of the most treasured verses in Scripture. A promise from God that even the events in life that devastate me are for my good. I wouldn’t trade that for all the fame and money in the world!
But what is the good in verse 28? Surely death and disease aren’t good. And it would be naive to say that God sends calamity to open the door for blessing. Many Christians die in the midst of misery and never see relief on Earth. No, if we’ll read the verses, we’ll see the good.
Specifically, the good is found in conforming to the image of Christ (verse 29). Christians, we can trust that God works all things for our good because part of being chosen as a Christian is being predestined for sanctification. God don’t just save you; He makes you like Christ, too.
Here’s Romans 8:28-29 in BPV (Brian Phillips Version) “If you are a child of God and love Him, you can have absolute certainty and assurance that all things cooperate for your blessing. Why? Because all of God’s chosen children have been guaranteed to be made like Christ. This is so Jesus would be glorified as Supreme and have many brothers and sisters.”
This truth has been very encouraging to me lately.