The Living Bible translates 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 Apostle Paul begins chapter 8 by discussing the differences between living by the Spirit and living by the flesh. He points out that living by the Spirit makes us sons and daughters of God.
Then Paul compares the sufferings that we face in this life with “the glory that will be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18). He entreats us to wait patiently and to trust that the Spirit intercedes for us when we don’t know what to pray for.
The promise of Romans 8:28 that God works for our good “in all things” is reassuring. It means that no matter the circumstance or suffering, 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.” If Jesus is Lord of your life you have to submit to His purpose. As it stands, you have been called by Him for a purpose that He holds for your life.
So what are the “all things” Paul is referring to in this passage of text? That’s a great question and I am glad you asked. The ”all things” Paul is referring to is sufferings. I encourage you to read Romans 8:18-27. The proof is always in the context!
Sufferings don’t last long and it’s comforting to know that the two qualifiers for God to step in to begin working things out is to love God and to fit into His plans.
Today, I encourage you to take a moment to thank God that He is working “all things” (aka) “all sufferings” together for your good, even in the circumstances where you can’t yet see the result.