The Living Bible translation words Romans 8:28 this way: “And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into his plans.” The reassuring promise of this passage of text is that God works for our good “in all things”! It literally means that no matter the circumstance, there are only two qualifiers for God to be working all things together for our good.
First, He works for “the good of those who love Him.” If you love God, you can trust that He is working for your good. He loves you back, and when we love people, we seek their welfare.
Second, He works for “those who are called according to His purpose.” Picking up your cross (daily) entails submission. You have been called by God for a purpose that He holds for your life.
The words in this passage of text also suggests that these two qualifiers–loving God and experiencing His call–are actually one. Those who love God are called according to His purpose. And vice versa.
Additionally, being called according to God’s purpose also reminds us what “our good” actually is. It’s not our comfort or worldly success. It’s the furthering of His purpose in and through us our lives!
Look at it this way, because we have this assurance we can unequivocally trust that God will restore everything that was stolen. We will recover. We will bounce back. Better days are coming. Blessings are coming our way. What’s about to happen next will cause us to rejoice with jubilee! God is always up to something incredible!