And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
This scripture verse does not say that everything that happens to us is good. Far from it. Some things are bad, very bad. But the message in this verse is that for those who love God and believe that their lives are to be lived according to God's purposes, all things--the good and the bad--work together for an eventual good outcome.
For example, one man years ago lost his Mother to a rare disease at a young age. He was but a small boy at the time. Being very close to his Mother, he was devastated. In no way could such a thing be considered 'good.' And the loss effected his life in countless ways in the years thereafter.
But when he went to college, he determined that he was going to try to find a cure for the dreaded disease from which his Mother had died. He entered a pre-med program and later went to medical school to train for medical research.
This man was able to develop treatments that helped extend the lives of countless persons who were afflicted by that disease. He once stated, 'Had I not been so devastated by my Mother's death, I probably would have never even thought about entering the field of medicine.'
Through our pain God can bring about a positive outcome. It all depends on our faith and perseverance.
Prayer: 'O God, in sorrow or in pain, give us faith. Help us believe that in your wisdom you are accomplishing your purposes and that your purposes are always good and right, through Christ our Lord we pray, Amen.'
Song: 'Romans 8: 28' by Glen Payne and the Cathedral Quartet. This one is a gem!