We know that God causes all things to work together for good for his children. But what exactly is this “good”?
Is it earthly pleasure and comfort? An easy and prosperous life? No. Romans 8:28 must be viewed in context of verses 29 and 30:
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. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. (RO 8.28-30)
So what is the “good” that God is working in us? Ultimately, God causes all things to work together to:
- Conform us to the image of Christ
- Bring us into closer fellowship with himself
- Sanctify us
- Make us patient
- Make us compassionate toward others
- Teach us to trust him
- Prove and purify our faith
- Deliver us from temptation and sin
- Wean us from the world
- Make us long for heaven
- Produce endurance in us
- Drive us to the Word and prayer
- Humble us
- Teach us contentment in Christ
- And ultimately to glorify himself through us
These things are our “good” – and what could be better than being conformed to and knowing Christ?
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