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Romans 8:28: 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.

Dr. J. Vernon McGee said that Romans 8:28 is a soft pillow to rest on. Believers need that soft pillow because we will have trials, hardness, tribulations, purging, weakness, infirmities, chastening, scourging and persecution. My Pastor Kent McBay wisely pointed out that the good God is working is to conform us to the image of His Son. That should be our goal as well.

James 1:3: Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

2 Timothy 2:3: Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:3: And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

John 15:2: Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

2 Corinthians 12:9: And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Hebrews 12:6: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

2 Timothy 3:12: Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon on Romans 8:28, the soft pillow:

Upon some points a believer is absolutely sure. He knows, for instance, that God sits in the stern-sheets of the vessel when it rocks most. He believes that an invisible hand is always on the world*s tiller, and that wherever providence may drift, Jehovah steers it. That re-assuring knowledge prepares him for everything. He looks over the raging waters and sees the spirit of Jesus treading the billows, and he hears a voice saying, *It is I, be not afraid.* He knows too that God is always wise, and, knowing this, he is confident that there can be no accidents, no mistakes; that nothing can occur which ought not to arise. He can say, *If I should lose all I have, it is better that I should lose than have, if God so wills: the worst calamity is the wisest and the kindest thing that could befall to me if God ordains it.* *We know that all things work together for good to them that love God.* The Christian does not merely hold this as a theory, but he knows it as a matter of fact. Everything has worked for good as yet; the poisonous drugs mixed in fit proportions have worked the cure; the sharp cuts of the lancet have cleansed out the proud flesh and facilitated the healing. Every event as yet has worked out the most divinely blessed results; and so, believing that God rules all, that He governs wisely, that He brings good out of evil, the believer*s heart is assured, and he is enabled calmly to meet each trial as it comes. The believer can in the spirit of true resignation pray, *Send me what thou wilt, my God, so long as it comes from Thee; never came there an ill portion from Thy table to any of Thy children.*

*Say not my soul, *From whence can God relieve my care?
Remember that Omnipotence has servants everywhere.
His method is sublime, His heart profoundly kind,
God never is before His time, and never is behind.*

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