Romans 8:28 is an oft quoted scripture particularly when something seemingly here on earth has not gone the way we wanted it to. Something may go wrong and you hear " well everything will work out you know, God is in control." And in fact he is. So why do bad things happen to good people?
"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."(Romans 8:28). Even though things seem awful at times or that there is no way out if you are a follower of the Lord and living for him you can have faith that God will take the bad stuff and turn it into good. Our ultimate goal is heaven anyway. None of us know how long we will live. No one is promised to live to be 80 or 90. For those who have lost young family members to accidents or disease or have had a stillborn or SIDS death in their family it may be a little difficult to say , 'well it's going to be OK and it will work out in the end." For the child who has lost a parent to an accident ,cancer or war this verse may not comfort either. But this verse has a promise with it in that time does take care of things and although a person can not be replaced and the death of someone we love is painful ,especially when unexpected, still we have to know the hope that God is going to take this situation and use it for good somehow in his heavenly kingdom plan.
For those who have suffered this kind of loss my heart goes out to you. We have close friends who have lost children early and it is one of the worst things and probably the most awful kind of pain. Somehow things can be redeemed and life will go on. For the person who gets stuck and can not move on their life will be miserable. Perhaps this is a time the people can reach out to help others who have suffered loss as well and help restore their life. We are not here to serve ourselves anyway.
At times uncaring or unthinking people have spewed this verse out of their mouth after someone dies. This is not what a person needs to hear. Often times people are angry at God because they blame him for the death of their beloved. God does not cause death. But there is the reasoning, 'well he could have stopped it', "why did he let them die as their life was so promising?!". I can not answer that and I am not sure a minister can either. Just know that we all are going to die someday. Some before others. I know of several deaths in past 10 years that were unexplainable but God will bring glory somehow even if it is helping someone else to know the Lord through that pain.
Things happen sometimes that do not seem so good at the time but God knows the 'big picture'. There may be a job loss or a move that we are not pleased with but in the end God had a plan for those things to happen so he could get you to another place in life to grow and learn. Romans 8:31 tells us"If God be for us who can be against us?" Keep praying and keep believing. Isaiah 43:2 tells us "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you." Run to God and he will comfort you.
The key is to keep loving and trusting God and through your pain see if there is some way you can be used in the kingdom of God to reach out to others maybe even with a worse situation. I have heard it said 'God can turn your mess into a message'.
PRAYER: Father my heart grieves for those who have lost loved ones when they were young and wonder why? Please Lord help them see your plan in this even though it was not caused by you. We know you can restore and redeem and heal. We pray for wounded hearts to be healed and for grace to much abound. Forgive those reading this who may still be mad at you Lord for thinking something was your fault. Father open their hearts to know you love and care for them in a mighty way.There are those who have lost jobs who do not know why. We know you open windows when doors shut. Help us trust in you. In Jesus Name. Amen.