For the Christian, everything that happens to him or her is a good thing. God promises to work all things together for the good of those who love Him. This means that even the most painful, lonely, or frightening experiences of life- even dying itself- these are all events that God is using the the good of His child.
The reality in my life is that I like to evaluate whether or not something is “good” with my own standards. Good, for me, usually equates with enjoyable. If I like it, it’s good. This isn’t God definition of good. Just like a good parent won’t let their toddler eat pounds of candy, God won’t allow His children to only have what they want in life.
What about death and disease and other effects of the Fall? Well, I think we should despise them and embrace them. As God’s people, we want all effects of the Curse reversed. We want more peace, more completion, more of God’s Kingdom on earth like it is in Heaven. While we are hating and fighting against the effects of sin in the world, we must also believe that our Father is in control of even the most terrible and painful of life’s experiences. And, like a master painter, He uses the blackest colors to create a masterpiece. In our tears, we only see what’s broken; but we have an infinitely loving, infinitely gentle, and infinitely powerful Father who is using all the bad things for our good. More than that, He has promised that one day, all the pain, sin, and brokenness will be gone forever.
If you are a child of God through Christ, today is nothing but good for you. The frustrations at work, the imperfections of your relationships, and whatever other difficulties cloud your mind are all being restrained and used by a God who loves you and only does what’s best.
Let’s remember this when a flat tire or crashed hard drive derail our productivity and agenda, as well has when real, deep loss and pain punch us in the gut. He is always doing what’s best.