And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. (Romans 8:28 NLT)
Though this promise was stated by the Apostle Paul 2,000 years after the time of Abraham, it is based upon the nature of God, who does not change (Malachi 3:6). And so it applies as equally to Abraham as it does to us today.
But Abraham went through some very serious times of trouble, some of which challenged his faith in God, and some of which were due to bad decisions he made.
It will all work out in the end, but the Bible is a realistic book: this promise from God does not mean that we won't suffer sometimes as he moves us in the direction of his sovereign will. But he will bring something very valuable out of our sufferings (James 1:2-4).
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