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.
Listen to the "Verse by Verse" episode covering this scripture.
Even the “sufferings of this present time” (verse 18) can work together for the eternal good of those God has called and who have responded by loving Him in return. God does not say that the things we suffer are good—only that He can make them work out for good.
It takes faith in God’s great love and His awesome, eternal purpose for our lives to truly feel the powerful encouragement this passage offers.
For a deeper look at this passage, see our Discern magazine article “‘All Things Work Together for Good’ (Really?).”
For more encouraging scriptures, see our article on “Encouraging Bible Verses.”