What is God’s “good” for us?

Published: Apr 27 2021

Paul writes that God works all things for the good of those “who are called according to purpose.” We must ask ourselves what our purpose is. ... When God works all things together, He works all things together for our “good;” that is, that we would become more like Jesus.

“And we know that God works together all things for good for those who love Him, for those who are called according to purpose.” – Romans 8:28

The way that many Christians today interpret this passage reveals a subtle misplacing of priorities: we love what God gives more than God himself. I must admit, I often fall into this trap myself. When something goes wrong in my life, I reassure myself that God is always working in the background to fulfill my longings – I just have to trust that somehow, those desires going unfulfilled now are the key to being happier in the future. However, this mindset is backwards. God is most certainly concerned with what will satisfy my desires. But the question is, what can fulfill the human soul? Is it earthly good, or being conformed to the image of Jesus – even through suffering?