“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

Years ago my husband Ray had a massive heart attack. He needed a quadruple bypass but was never strong enough to get it. Then he developed congestive heart failure. It took him a year to die, during which time he took so much nitroglycerine for severe chest pains that he called it “pepper candy.” During this time, Ray read a lot of Scripture, prayed a lot, and watched Christian TV shows. (This was 40 years ago when most of them were good.) Ray grew closer to the Lord, and his love for me grew stronger and deeper.

That was a painful time for both of us, but it was also a good time that bore good fruit in our lives. Well, that pain has long since passed, but Ray and I will both be blessed by the good fruit that God brought out of it forever. That will be part of our “treasure in heaven.” (Matthew 6:20)

Years later, I had cancer that required major surgery followed by chemotherapy. That involved a lot of suffering, but it changed my perspective on life in ways that have continued ever since. It drew me much closer to the Lord, and it made Eternity become much more real to me.

My Dad died of cancer. He had major surgery followed by chemotherapy, but the cancer spread to other parts of his body. Mom and Dad both said that going through this was a good experience for them because it brought them closer to God and to one another.

I know people who have had serious health problems, or relationship problems, or financial problems. As a result, they did a lot of praying, and they had to consciously depend on God to get them through every day. Those experiences taught them to trust God at a far deeper level. After their situations improved, the level of conscious dependence on God remained, along with a deeper level of trust in Him.

These are a few examples of Romans 8:28. God really does make everything work out for the good of people who truly love Him. There are no exceptions.

The bad news is that all of us will face trials and tribulations, pain and hardship, and various kinds of suffering. The good news is that God can and will make it work for our good if we love Him. The Bible says,

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

As heard on The Hagmann Report