It’s all good.
That’s what some people say and what some think when they read Romans 8:28, but look carefully at the New American Standard Bible translation which reads, “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.”
Hmm. Didn’t say everything was good but that God causes ALL to work together for good.
Consider chocolate cake. Now that’s a good dessert! But raw flour – good? Uncooked eggs good? How about a third cup of vegetable oil – yum, surely good? Maybe a cup or two of sugar is good? No, not even for those who really love sweet things, but I know – a buttered and floured pan is good! Of course not. Good is the result of combining all of these things in the right proportions and in the right way.
And that is what God does for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.
Even more amazing – the “things” that God is able to work together for good. Most anyone can make a good cake when good ingredients like flour, sugar, eggs and oil are used. Romans said God works ALL things together for good. Some of the “ingredients” He uses aren’t so good. How can good come from unemployment? What’s good about rebellious children, spiteful co-workers, arthritis, divorce, foreclosure, flat tires, meddling in-laws, racism, death…?
These are much like the ingredients needed to make a cake – awful individually and on their own. But when God works them all together, the result is amazing AND good!
Things not looking so good for you right now? Trust that God will add this experience, this situation, this season of life to all the others and bring about a result that is good for you – if you love Him and if you are called according to His purpose (can’t leave those conditions out – smile).