“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28
Have you ever heard the the scripture, “All things work together for good?” This sounds right, doesn’t it? But it’s not only incomplete, it’s inaccurate as stated. Why? Because all things don’t work together for good for those who die and wind up in hell.
What the Bible ACTUALLY teaches is that “all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). You see, there is an often overlooked condition to that familiar verse: we have to love God through Jesus Christ and live according to His teaching in Scripture for this verse to be true. To believe anything or to live any way we want nullifies its authenticity.
But when we love God and are living for Him, then God can bring good out of any tragedy or any suffering. It might not always look like what we expect … or want… but God is good. His plans are good. He can bring good out of our setback. For with every challenge, setback, or pain, we have a choice. We can either grow bitter or trust God to bring good out of great grief and difficulty.
Are you walking through a difficult season right now? Will you choose to trust God, even when life doesn’t make sense? Ask God to help you find the good that God can bring out of even the most challenging season.