We know that in everything God works for the good of those who love him. They are the people God called, because that was his plan. Romans 8:28
The Good and the Bad, Together
Have you ever eaten a fluffy, warm biscuit, fresh from the oven? Yum! A lot of ingredients were put into that biscuit to make it taste so good. But if you were to take a bite of the flour, just by itself, it would taste awful. Or if you licked only the baking soda off of the spoon, you might gag! Once you add all of the ingredients together, though, you get a wonderful result—a warm, delicious biscuit.
When Bad Things Happen
Like those yucky ingredients, some things in life “taste” bad to us or make us very sad. Maybe we get hurt, or we lose someone or something we love. This week’s verse teaches us that even though these things may make us sad, God can use them, along with other things in our lives, to make something good. God may choose to teach you a lesson through your sadness, or He may use you one day to help someone else who is feeling sad, just like you did. Either way, God promises us that even when bad things happen, He can actually turn them into good things and use them for a reason in our lives.
A Wonderful Promise
Did you notice the first two words of this verse? It says, “We know.” We, as children of God, can know that God will work everything in our lives for good.
And does it say some things? No, it says everything! The last part of the verse shows us that this promise is only for those of us who love God and are part of His family.
Romans 8:28 can bring you a lot of comfort now and throughout the rest of your life. What are some bad things that have happened to you? Can you think of a way God has used some of those things for good?
Dear Lord, thank You for working out everything in my life for good. I love You and I believe that You only want the best for me. Please help me when I am feeling sad about . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Help me remember that You can make bad things into good things, even when I don’t understand. In Jesus’ name, amen.
This time, start with a whisper, then get louder and louder until your neighbors can hear you!
God’s Word is for me and to me, it is in me and working through me, and just like His love, it goes on and on forever!