If John 3:16 is the most recognizable verse in the entire Bible, then Romans 8:28 is surely next: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Christians love this verse because it says that everything—the good and the bad—that happens in our life will be used by God for a good purpose.
While that is comforting, Romans 8:28 doesn’t tell us all we want to know. It doesn’t tell us what the good purpose is. For what purpose is God orchestrating all the events of our life? We are told the answer to that question in the next verse, Romans 8:29: “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.” God’s purpose is to conform us to “the image of His Son.” Our lives follow the same pattern of testing that Jesus followed: “He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.” As Jesus proved His Sonship by His obedience, we are conformed to His image by ours.
Whether this day is “good” or “bad” in your sight, it has moved you closer to the image of Jesus.
God is working out his eternal purpose, not only in spite of human and satanic opposition, but by means of them.