“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” (Romans 8:28).

What this verse doesn’t say is, perhaps, more important than what it does say.  It doesn’t say that God causes all things.  The sufferings of life cannot be casually explained away as the will of God.  Tragedy and hardship are but the result of a broken world and fallen creation.  Nor does this verse decree that all things are good.  Life teaches us otherwise.  What is confirmed and what we know by faith is that in the provision of our Father, he is able to fashion and weave all of life’s experiences into something constructive in the accomplishment of his purposes.

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