What is the “Good” God Works?

Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God and to them who are called according to His purpose.”

In the last post, we considered how our battle prayers can open the door for God to work out our trials for our good. Yet most, if not all followers of Christ, could probably recall times where it seemed that things did not work out for good; in fact, it may have seemed that our prayers were not heard or answered as we had hoped. Nevertheless, God’s word is always true and God always keeps his promises, so a better understanding of scripture will undoubtedly support the promise of good in Romans 8:28.

Notably, this promise is made to true believers- those that love God and who are are called according to His purpose. Furthermore, the verses prior to verse 28 (verses 26 and 27) explain how the Holy Spirit will help us pray and even more, intercede for us according to the will of God when we are unable to pray in that manner. This is good news since 1 John 5:14 teaches, if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”

It’s important to consider what is meant by “good” in verse 28 since it will help us understand the true nature of that promise. Isaiah 55:9 declares concerning the Lord, “my ways [are] higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” It follows that our idea of good can differ from the Father’s and that we might not understand what he is doing when something bad happens even after we have earnestly prayed. The key is that God can turn every unfavorable circumstance around for the ultimate good; but, the ultimate good may beyond our earthbound ability to comprehend it. It all comes down to faith where we choose to believe in God’s goodness and love, and continue to trust that He has a bigger and higher plan no matter how things appear: ” ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.’ “