Read: Romans 8:28-30
When misfortune hits, many believers like to quote Rom. 8:28 which says, “We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” But it is difficult to believe and hold on to during hard times. There was a man who lost his third son in a row. He mourned, “How can this tragedy work for my good?” No one can answer such a question easily. After some months, that man said, “My sorrow is drawing me closer to God.”
Rom. 8:28 may be hard to understand during hard times, but countless testimonies have testified to the truth of it. The story of hymn writer Fanny Crosby is a fitting example. The world sings her memorable hymns. What happens to be a blessing to the world was born out of her personal misfortune, for she became blind when she was an infant. At the age of 8, she began to write poems and hymns. She wrote over 8,000 blessed songs and hymns, some of which include, “Blessed Assurance,” “Safe in the Arms of Jesus,” “Pass me Not, O Gentle Saviour,” etc. God used her difficulty and lack of eyesight to bring good for her and us and glory for Him.
It is interesting to note that in Rom. 8:28, “all things” include good things as well as bad things in life. It assures us that God is not absent and that He is sovereignly working in all things for our good. When you pass through that difficult circumstance in life, it may seem that God is silent or out of sight, but know that nothing is wasted in the hands of God. The parallel of Rom. 8:28 in the Old Testament is Gen. 50:20 which says, “…you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good…” The ultimate purpose of God when we go through difficult times is “to be conformed to the image of His Son” (Rom. 8:29).
When misfortune happens to us, it is hard to understand how anything good can come from it. We may not even see that ultimate good in this life. But always remember that God has good purposes for our trials and He always remains with us at all times.