When something bad happens to a Christian, one of the most commonly quoted verses is this:
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
That’s a great a verse and it is true. However, most people think the good that God is going to work is health, wealth, and prosperity. That is how most people define “good” in that verse. God’s definition of good is different and we find it in the very next verse:
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. Romans 8:29
God tells us that he is going to work all things together for good – to conform us to the image of his son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Good in Romans 8:28 is not material blessings or good health or a good marriage. If it was, then Paul got a raw deal because he suffered the loss of all things.
Good is being conformed to the image of the Lord Jesus Christ.