In this fine study of Romans 8:28, Thomas Watson explains how both the best and the worst experiences work for the good of God's people.
I just recently finished dear brother and Pastor Watson's beautiful work All Things for Good (Puritan Paperbacks). Part of the Puritan Paperback series put out by Banner of Truth Publications a few years ago, this small work (just under 130 pages) is absolutely jam-packed with unbelievably solid doctrine written in the most rivetingly poetic language I've ever seen. Most of the Puritans of the 17th century had an uncanny ability to do this, write Biblically sound truth in a way that painted pictures all over your mind and caused you to want to periodically close their books and shout the truth from the rooftops or pause in thanksgiving and repentance to God in the middle of your reading. All Things for Good is certainly no exception. Watson has written other works, even more doctrinal and systematic in their orientation (A Body of Divinity) and even in these, his language is superb and filled with metaphor and word picture. Scarcely does a sentence go by from the pen of Watson without it being thoroughly soaked and dripping with Scripture. And this is the true beauty and importance of the Puritans - that they themselves were so immersed in the words of Holy writ, that their writing's are simply an outflow from the fresh spring waters from which they daily drank. And this is why so much of what sits on the shelves (and sadly is purchased!) at "Christian" bookstores is so dangerous and devoid of truth and encouragement - because so few authors today are as deeply into the Word of God as our English and early American Puritan forefathers. They were not infallible, they were not perfect. But oh how far have we fallen from their standard of study and sanctification! I cannot encourage you enough to read not only this work by Watson, but virtually any of the volumes from Banner's PP series. I can vouch for Richard Sibbes The Bruised Reed (Puritan Paperback) and for Baxter's The Reformed Pastor [REFORMED PASTOR]. I have others and plan to get through them. I have not once been disappointed. Nor will you.
Banner of Truth (2001), Edition: Reprint