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Is God Really Always Working for our Good?

What do I do when it doesn’t look like God is working for my good?

Romans 8:28 is a famous biblical passage, and for good reason. It contains a promise so bold that it can be hard for us to grasp. It reads like this: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Imagine that: in every circumstance—“all things”—God is working to produce the good of his people—those he has “called according to his purpose.” This doesn’t seem too hard to believe in some situations, i.e., for the person who gets promoted, the couple who is finally able to get pregnant, or the family that escapes life-threatening persecution.

But what about Christians who get fired, who remain childless, who don’t escape the persecution, or who are going through a thousand other difficult circumstances? Is God really working for our good then?