This verse is one that I've looked at many times before. I've needed it for comfort because life is not comfortable or easy. Here are some things I've realized about this verse.
* "those who love God" are born again believers in Jesus Christ.
* " all things" means just that.. ALL things. Everything.. Hard things, fun things, sad things, things that we don't understand or comprehend, things that seem out of control.. ALL things.
* "for good".. Good?
What is good, anyway? Because I have a plan that is good.. It doesn't involve pain, hurt, sadness, trials, heartache, devastation, etc.. My plan is good.. It's fun and happy! I mean, it is sunshine and lollipops good! My plan is for orphans to have homes and the poor and needy to be rich and generously blessed. My plan is for justice to always prevail. My plan is that my friends wouldn't struggle and my family would all be healthy, always... My plan... doesn't leave room for redemption. My plan doesn't leave room for weakness. My plan doesn't leave room for trusting in a holy God. What is good, then? God. God is good.
Mark 10:18 says, And Jesus said to him,
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
Comfort, affliction, redeeming love, grace, bearing with one another in our sufferings, mercy, God. All good.. And that is good enough for me.