According to God's purposes
It has been a while since I have done a blog, but I received a devotion via email and it really resonated with me and gave me a different perspective of the meaning of Romans 8:28.
I cannot take the credit for it, but I hope it encourages you also.
Romans 8:28 says, 'in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose." In other words, when you are in the purpose, or will, of God, everything that comes into your life can work for your good. You may immediately question how the pregnancy of your unmarried daughter can work fo your good, or how God can work even a divorce for your good, or how the loss of your job can be for your good, or how your terminal illness can be for your good.
If, by "good," Romans 8:28 meant your comfort, convenience, health, wealth, prosperity, pleasure, or happiness we would all question it!. But your ultimate good is conformity to the image of Jesus Christ. And when you are in God's will - "called according to His purpose" - everything God allows into your life is used by Him to make you like Christ. Everything!
There is a lot to think about in that short devotion. I think a lot of the times we expect God to bring something good our of bad choices, which have brought about circumstances that we may not like and then when nothing good comes out of it we can tend to blame God.
Bottom line, God is more interested in our character than our circumstances. The question we need to ask ourselves is "am I in the will of God" and if the answer is yes, then He will work all your circumstances for good.