All things work together for good

The Verse of the Day for March 13, 2017 is especially meaningful, in that it has become my favorite verse in the Bible (if I had to choose only one):

Romans 8:28 (NKJV):

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Here are two additional translations of my favorite verse:

We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose. [Amplified Bible]

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. [New Living Translation]

Romans 8:28 also brings to mind a statement that explains how we should respond when we find ourselves in perplexing, painful situations where we by no means desire to be. When we encounter debilitating circumstances designed to side rail us and cause us to give up on God and “throw in the towel,” I recall a stern word of encouragement: “Get a life; get a verse; get over it, and get on with it!”

In actuality I have designated this scripture as my “Life Verse.” According to the Middletown Christian Church, “Life Verses are those words from Scripture that anchor our faith and become touchstones that illuminate, assure, uplift and energize us to live out our faith.”

During such trying times, we ask ourselves, “Why am I here? How did I get here? God, what are you doing? What are you trying to teach me?” We must recognize, however, that God is intentional and does everything on purpose. As for God, His way is perfect. We must remember this as we recall the lyrics to the popular Barbra Streisand song:

Why did the right road take the wrong turn
Why did our heart break, why’d we get burned
Just like the seasons there are reasons for the path we take
There are no mistakes
Just lessons to be learned

One of life’s ultimate lessons is that God is good, and because God is good, “We know that all things work together for the good, to them that love God, to them that are the called according to His purpose.” So no matter how bad any situation may appear to be, we are assured of this one thing: that it will work together for the good.

This often quoted verse is the inspiration for one of Don Moen’s classic praise songs: “All things Work Together”:

Listen to a contemporary version of Travis Greene’s “Intentional” also inspired by Romans 8:28:

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