Many of us have read, heard, and listened to sermons that include Romans 8:28, “28 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.”

Yet over and over again, this beautiful depiction of our sovereign God has been taken out of context. You’ve seen it right? Someone will quote this verse and say, “See, you have a great life ahead of you, nothing to worry about!”

When in reality, this verse is implying and quoting much more than a happy life. In contrast, it is asserting that we may live a life of pain, heartache, and losing what we love the most.

I respect and admire the way Rick Warren put this,

“God’s plan for your life involves all that happens to you – including your mistakes, your sins, and your hurts. It includes illness, debt, disasters, divorce, and death of loved ones… If you will give God all your distasteful, unpleasant experiences, he will blend them together for good.”

The closer you come to the throne of your Savior, the more you will begin to realize that His light and His love works with all of your circumstances, and yes, all of your pain, to mold it into something beautiful.

I firmly believe no matter how hard we try to understand God’s plan behind everything, we will never truly know until we see Him in eternity. So why spend our lives guessing? We already know that He has given us a reason to wake up every morning, for Him, so let’s not waste our lives trying to figure out WHY He has put us in these circumstances.

God is working behind the scenes. Like a director who knows exactly why you need to be in that place, when the light hits you at a certain angle, to read that line. He’s got it all figured out, and there is no need to take it into our hands, because the moment we do, we forfeit the work of a sovereign Creator whose plan is much better than our own.

Do you have chaos and heartache that has happened to you? Are you struggling to see why God allowed this to happen?

Consider this: Bad Things Do Happen to “Good” People.

And God allows this at times. This can often be too difficult for us to understand, and too far for us to reach and wrap around. But remember one thing: Without God’s plan, you would not have a life to live in the first place.

Put your hope in Him, because one day, things will be glorious. You will share in His eternal kingdom, and if you have accepted Him as your Lord and Savior, you will enjoy His rich blessings. Don’t wait another moment to praise Him today, seek His love and rest in the challenge, beauty, and light that it brings.


By: Erika Pizzo

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