“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 ESV)
Everything works out for the good for those that love God and are called according to His purposes. This is a verse in which many Christians find peace. One version says, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (NASB) In that translation it demonstrates the sovereignty of God in all situations concerning His people and show how He makes things work out “for the good” for them.
Unfortunately this verse cannot be used as a promise for unbelievers, as it specifically says it is “for those who are called according to His purpose.” This is a promise to the children of God.
Some might say many Christian are put in horrible situations and there is nothing good about what they endure, however, that is only from an earthly perspective. As bad as things can get here on Earth, from Heaven’s perspective it truly does work out for the good. We must remember that the physical world is not all there is. There is a much farther-reaching reality that we do not readily see with our finite eyes. This is not science fiction; it is Biblical fact. When we couple this verse with what we read yesterday, the good may well be that the reward is so much better than the suffering is bad.
The challenge is to look at an adverse situation and see how it can glorify God and how it can be used as good in His hands. Remember that Joseph was sold by his brothers into slavery, but he reflected years later that what they meant for evil God meant for good.