And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 , NIV)
“Romans 8:28 is my all time all circumstances all everything verse of choice in good and challenging seasons. I memorized it when I was about 10 years old and I’m 63 years old now. God knows what I’m going through when I’m happy and when I’m sad. He IS going to make things work out for good. I love him and he’s going to work it out. I will never be collateral damage in the war of good and evil, light and dark, earthly and heavenly. I’ll experience loss, which is Satan’s realm. I’ll experience death, which is Satan’s realm. I’ll experience pain, disappointment and heartache, which are Satan’s tools, BUT my God is stronger. My God will comfort me and those around me who suffer Satan’s attacks. Satan and his darkness cannot have me because I have been called according to God’s infinite Grace, and all things will work out for good in me.”
What situations in your life have most caused you to ask whether God cares about the struggles you are going through?
How can you continue to focus on God even in the midst of those times of struggle or hardship?
In what ways have some of those situations turned into positive moments in which you were (later) able to talk about God’s goodness and faithfulness to you, even though it may not have seemed that way at the time?