The Who, Why, and What of “God Works Everything for Good”

Before I knew Christ as my Savior, I was familiar with the phrase “everything will work out for good.”

The more familiar I became with evangelical Christianity, the more I learned similar phrases like “God won’t give you more than you can handle,” and “God helps those who help themselves.”

As a determined optimist, I clung to these concepts. Yet they proved frustrating and confusing as I began to consider faith in Jesus.

Soon, “everything will work out for good” was added to my list of non-Biblical, untrue philosophies. The concept didn’t seem to fit with the truth of sin’s consequences or the call for believers to set themselves aside.

Imagine my surprise when, after receiving Christ as my Savior, I discovered this verse in the Bible:

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)

Read what I learned about God working everything for good over at Unlocking the Bible.

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6 Replies to “The Who, Why, and What of “God Works Everything for Good”

  1. Bethany,
    What a great post for unbelievers and believers alike. So many of the adages we learned at a young age, just aren’t true. I have seen how God has worked some of the most awful circumstances in my life for good – for His glory. We have to get over the “it’s all about me” mentality. Also, no matter what God brings me to in life, HE will equip me to go through it. What relief to know the battle belongs to the Lord AND that is sovereignty can never be thwarted. This helps to calm my fearful heart. Great post!
    Bev xx

    1. Bev,
      Thank you! I’ve seen God work the worst things for good in my life, too. We do have to get over the “all about me,” idea and rely on Him more. His soveriengty calms my fearful heart, too. Blessings, Bev!

  2. Bethany,
    I left a comment, but it didn’t show up…thought maybe you had to approve it first?? Loved your post!
    Bev xx

  3. It’s always good to read the verse in totality and keep it in context. Great job explaining this one, Bethany! Romans 8:28 is a favorite for so many of us (me included).

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