And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
This is a promise that we can cling to. In the midst of the groaning, decay and death that Paul talked about in Romans 8:18-25, we have a God that sees us and intervenes on our behalf. God is sovereign, which means that He can do what He wants, how and when He wants. And He is good. He is not just good in a general way, but in a specific way. He takes the loose threads of our life and weaves them together.
Jerry Bridges defines providence as “God’s constant care for, and His absolute rule over, all creation for God’s own glory and the good of His people.” Romans 8:28 defines it simply by saying that God works all of our life details together for good. God is powerful and He is good, and He is at work in our lives to accomplish good for us and for His glory. He takes all of our past garbage and recycles it into something useful. Today repurposing old furniture is a big fad. God repurposes our useless stuff and makes it useful.
God’s good is defined in the next verse, “For those whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son.” In other words, God’s good plan for us is that we become like Jesus. So the hard things, the things that make no sense, and the dead end roads that we’ve taken are used by God to make us godly. That is called “sanctification,” which is us losing the sin habits and becoming holy, which is God’s desire for us.
Sometimes it is the school of hard knocks that causes us to grow spiritually. We might think that if God loved us He wouldn’t let bad things happen. Maybe we caused those bad things by wrong choices. God will forgive, but we have to endure the consequences of those wrong choices. And God will use it in our lives for good. There is the clause in our verse that God causes all things to work together for those who love God. We can’t shake our fist at God and then expect blessings to result.
Other times bad things happen that just don’t make sense. The good news is that God takes those bad things and makes good out of them. Put those hard and unexplainable things into God’s hands so He can recycle and repurpose them. God is powerful and He is good and He has a plan that He is working in your life. Trust in God as He works this out in your life.