Romans 8:28

Many people blithely say, “Everything happens for a reason” when something rough, discouraging, or tragic happens. They are right (even if they do need to be a bit more careful with their delivery). If the person is a professing Christian, this is the verse they are thinking of when they say that.
The problem that we face when we tell someone, “Don’t worry, it will all work out,” or “It will all be better soon” is that we rarely (if ever) define what we mean by “it will be better,” or “it will work out.” This verse says that for those who are called by God, all things work together for good. There are two things which must be discussed. First, you need to discuss “those who are called by God (which we will discuss in our next passage). Second, you need to define “work together for good.”
The issue is that many people claim this verse in a false way. We say, “Your house burned down? Bummer, but all things work together for good.” Or, “You lost your job? I’m so sorry, but at least you know all things work together for good.” What we are thinking is “Your house burned down? God will give you a bigger one.” Or, “You lost your job? God will give you a  higher-paying one.” That is not what this verse says. This verse says that God works all things for our good. In the next few verses we will see that God clearly defines “good” as us looking like Jesus. 
So, everything in your life is working together toward the goal of you being like Jesus. If your house burns down, it may be that you bought a really nice house, but it became a status symbol to you. You did not use that house to encourage others. You became obsessed with the house, and it became an idol. God may allow it to burn down to refocus you. You have a great job, but you become a workaholic and ignore your family, and skip your church responsibilities…the best thing for you may be to lose that job.
God knows what is best for you—that is for you to be like Jesus. If you find yourself in a difficult situation, you should not be thinking “OK, how is God going to make this up to me?” Rather, you should be searching for what in your life needs to change so that you will be more like Jesus.  
Romans 8:28  And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

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