This response was written to a fellow Christian who just had a major disappointment.
I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
Was the news really so bad? Even under this disappointment you still see potential good. Let me assure you that the good is much more than a potential. It is guaranteed good by the almighty power and determination of the triune God. There is no possible better situation for you, for all of us, than every precise detail of what is our present lot.
In my older age, I have become an ardent Romans 8:28 kinda guy. My life has been quite hard at times, inwardly and outwardly, as compared to many other Christians I know. But I now see that that the good providence of God has been and remains to this day, well, good.
Several years ago I saw deeply in my spirit that the whole arrangement between God and His redeemed is quite unfair. Unfair in that we have so little to suffer, and such a relatively short time to suffer, as compared to the glory that shall be revealed in us. Even now I begin the weep as I remember just how unfair the whole dynamic is. For just one measly life of 70 or 80 years, we get all eternity. It is hard to believe all that is ahead of us can be had for one short and faltering life. Yes, it is most unfair indeed.
Paul and I have learned this. You can too.
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
2 Corinthians 4:17
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;