His Good Purpose (Romans 8:28)

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Romans 8:28 – how easily and how often this Bible reference rolls off our tongues! But perhaps we need to grasp more fully what this verse is really saying.

Randy Alcorn, in a book he has co-authored with his wife Nanci, offers some insights on Romans 8:28. He quotes the New American Standard Bible translation of this verse: “God causes all things to work together for good.” Randy points out that it doesn’t say each individual thing is good, but that God works them together for good.

Recalling his boyhood days, Randy tells how he often watched his mother bake cakes. One day when she had all the ingredients set out – flour, sugar, baking powder, raw egg, vanilla – he sneaked a taste of each one. Except for the sugar, they all tasted horrible. Then his mother stirred them together and put the batter in the oven. “It didn’t make sense to me,” he recalls, “that the combination of individually distasteful things produced such a tasty product.”

Randy concludes that God likewise “takes all the undesirable stresses in our lives, mixes them together, puts them under the heat of crisis, and produces a perfect result.”

Let’s look beyond our immediate circumstances and remember that God has an ultimate good purpose. – Joanie E. Yoder

God has a purpose in our heartaches,
The Savior always knows what’s best;
We learn so many precious lessons
In every sorrow, trial, and test. – Jarvis

When things look bad, don’t forget: God is good.
– October 3, 1994, Our Daily Bread