“Trusting God: Redefining ‘Good'”
a blog post by Korinn Lee for “Grasping Grace”
Romans 8:28 is an oft source of comfort for the believer, and rightly so. It is a comfort to me in times of distress to know that God is working all things together for my good. But if we are honest with ourselves, would we not admit that we come to this verse with our own demands of what we want the word “good” to mean? In this post, Korinn takes a look at this and other verses to see what Scripture has to say about how we ought to understand the word “good” in this verse. (Hint: Romans 8:28 says that God’s will is that we “be conformed to the image of his Son.”) As a side note, I wouldn’t say that the word “good” in Romans 8:28 necessarily excludes all earthly benefit, since I think verse 32 and Matthew 7:7-11 leave open that possibility. I do think, however, that if our definition of “good” focuses solely on earthly benefit, we will end up with major sanctification and contentment issues. It’s good to know what “good” means. My thanks to Korinn for a great reminder of what God’s good will for us is.