ROMANS 8:28 “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.”

Has this verse ever challenged you as it has me? I can see logic there — if we are living within the will of God who is perfect, pure, and holy, then things will work out for our good. But what does “good” really mean if life clearly doesn’t always bring health, prosperity, happiness, comfort, or pleasure?

One thing I know for sure — it’s not possible for God to be cruel. So the key lies in having an eternal Kingdom perspective of things. God’s idea of “good” is different than mine BUT BETTER. God’s ultimate purpose is to refine us in relationship to Himself. Our ultimate good involves being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. My life, like yours, isn’t always smooth sailing but I am seeing profound examples proving that God brings beauty out of ashes because my heart is inclined toward Him.