I attended a city wide prayer gathering last night. During worship we sang these words, “You make all things work together for my good.” These hopeful words find their inspiration in Romans chapter 8 – “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).
The biblical writer does not suggest for one moment that everything that happens to us is good. We will have experiences while living in this fallen world that are not good. But Romans gives us hope that even in hardship and suffering, even in bitter disappointments, believers can know that God will work in these situations to fulfill His good purposes.
Somehow, in ways that we cannot see, God is behind the scenes of our lives working out His good purposes. There are many things that happen in our lifetime that I don’t understand. But I find hope that in ways that are far beyond our human comprehension the good plans and purposes of God are being worked out.