Romans 8:28 says that in all things God works for the good of those who love him. I think we’ve often misunderstood that. Good in this case means ‘that which conforms us to the likeness of his son’.
Like his son
Of course, as Christians, we want to be like Jesus. We’re called to be like Jesus. But what does conforming us to his likeness mean? What might that look like? Well, be prepared, it may not seem good to us at the time.
Jesus led a life of suffering. Isaiah 53:3 (NIV) says he was a man of sorrows and familiar with suffering. The notes in the NIV Study Bible say that the word “sorrows” here is used for both physical and mental pain. Jesus went through both, and we should expect to, too. What really matters is what we learn and how we grow through the suffering.
He always has a lesson
We’re going through some crazy times in our country right now. I would refer to it as suffering and sorrows, wouldn’t you? People are sick and dying. We’re not able to be close to people we love who don’t live in our houses. It’s frustrating at best. What is God teaching you in this moment? Have you spent time talking with him about what you’re going through? He understands. He had friends and family that he loved who died. We have a couple of instances of this mentioned in the Bible. He responded by spending time in prayer. We should, too.
I would suggest meditating on Romans 8:28 and Isaiah 53:3. Ask God what he would have you do to help you grow in the likeness of his son. What’s next for you? What lesson is he teaching? And how can you respond with love and good deeds?