Romans 8:28-30

We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (v28)

The first words that many people like to quote when misfortune hits are: “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Rom 8:28). But that’s hard to believe in hard times. I once sat with a man who had lost his third son in a row, and I listened as he lamented, “How can this tragedy work for my good?” I had no answer but to sit silently and mourn with him. Several months later, he was thankful as he said, “My sorrow is drawing me closer to God,”

Tough as Roman 8:28 may be to understand, countless testimonies give credence to the truth of it. The story of hymn writer Fanny Crosby is a classic example. The world is the beneficiary of her memorable hymns, yet what worked together for good was born out of her personal tragedy, for she became blind at the age of 5. At only age 8, she began to write poetry and hymns. Writing over 8,000 sacred songs and hymns, she blessed the world with such popular songs as “Blessed Assurance,” “Safe in the Arms of Jesus,” and “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Saviour.” God used her difficulty to bring good for her and us and glory for Him. When tragedy befalls us, it’s hard to understand how anything good can come from it, and we won’t always see it in this life. But God has good purposes and always remains with us.

PRAYER LINE: What trial in your life have you found to be for your good? What good things have come from it? What are you now suffering that you pray will bring something good? (Pray and God will answer you).

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God always has good purposes for our trials. (ODB)

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