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.
When death and destruction strike, people always ask: "Where was God?" Pain and bitterness leave us in tears, and we wonder why God didn't intervene. But that very question assumes that God made a decision to "not" do something. In other words, we believe that when something "bad" happens, the all-knowing, all-powerful, "good" God must have been idle or away.
But Romans 8:28 helps us see that this is not the case. For those who trust in the Lord and love Him, God uses any and every situation for our good. The Bible is full of examples of God using people's evil choices for God's good purpose. When Joseph's brothers sold him into slavery and were saved by Joseph's wisdom and leadership, Joseph told them, "you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good." (Gen. 50:20)
Indeed, the most evil thing that anyone could ever do was to kill the sinless Son of God, Jesus Christ. But it was this great sacrifice that brought about the forgiveness of sins for the entire world.
Romans 8:28 doesn't say that God uses some things, but He uses all things. Yes, that includes that thing you couldn't possibly imagine would result in good. How does the Lord do this? Because He knows what is good! We think we know, and we say we know, but God truly knows what is good for every precious person He created.
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