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If I were to ask you what is the most frequently quoted Bible verse, you probably would answer, John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him would not perish but have eternal life.”
But what if I asked you to name the most frequently quoted and least believed Bible verse?
There might be some debate on this one, but I think that Romans 8:28 is the prime candidate: “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.”
We love to quote that verse to other people when they are faced with trials or tragedies. However, when we’re the ones who are hurting, that’s usually the last verse we want to hear.
Some of that is understandable. When we are in the midst of deep grief, often our emotions are so jumbled up that we can’t think rationally. All we know is that we are hurting and we can’t see any good that can come from our pain.
But often, even when we have moved out of the initial shock of grief, we still ask the question: “God, why?”
When we look at a trial or tragedy and say, “How could God let this happen?” we are acting in unbelief. Worse than that, we are accusing God of wrongdoing. Such a question assumes that somehow God has promised that nothing bad will happen to us.
But God never made such a promise.
What he did promise was that if we love him and are called according to his purpose, he would work everything together for our good.
If we believe that, the question, “Why, God?” becomes moot. The proper response is, “Yes, Lord. I don’t understand what’s happening right now, but I know that you do. And I will trust you and rest in your wisdom, goodness, and sovereign love.”
What are you trusting him for today?