For those whom he foreknew he also predestined
to be conformed to the image of his Son,
in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
One of the more remarkable verses of the Bible is that God works all things together for the good of those who love him and are called according to his purpose (Romans 8.28). Notice that this verse does not say that all things a lover of God experiences are good. Instead the wonder of this verse is that everything in human history from the greatest joys to the most horrific of evils will be worked together by God to serve our good. In Romans 8.29 Paul tells us the good toward which God is working all things. It is that all whom God foreknew or foreloved, would be conformed to the image of his Son.
What this means is that today, whatever we are facing, God will subjugate it and force it to do us good, and that good is that we would look more and more like Jesus in our attitudes, our desires, our thoughts and our behavior. Nothing in life is wasted—it will all be used by God to conform us to Jesus.
So, today, in joy, in grief, in stressors, in delights, in burdens, in the mundane, even, let us fix our eyes on becoming more like Jesus. Jesus is patient, kind, self-controlled, gracious, truthful, faithful, joyful, sacrificial, loving, humble, gentle, forgiving and grateful. These are the virtues God is committed to see worked into our lives. If God's purpose is our purpose, then who or what can be against us? God is for us!