28 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.
29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
-All things. That means the things we would choose work for our good, but also the things that we wouldn’t necessarily choose. If God is good, how can He allow “bad” things to happen? You may have heard this question or maybe even asked it yourself. People are quick to recite Romans 8:28, but to answer this question, we need to include Romans 8:29 as well. We need to understand that God’s ultimate purpose for us is not to spoil us, but to develop us into the image of His Son. We often learn more valuable lessons in the valleys than we could ever learn on the mountaintops and see sides of God’s character in the darkness that we wouldn’t be able to appreciate in the light. We may like to believe that if God pampered us we would still be quick to trust and follow Him, but the truth was uttered by David in Psalm 119:67, “Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.”