Romans 8:28 says, “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.”  It’s a popular go to verse.  I’ve seen people throw it out there when people are struggling greatly.  I mean sure, it’s a good verse.

The problem is that when you are having a really hard time, that verse is the LAST thing you want to hear.  It can be difficult to believe that anything good can come from your current situation.  The first thing we want to tell people is that something good can come from what they are going through.  Truthfully this really isn’t always the best thing to say at that moment, and I’ve seen people get really angry at that statement.  

If that verse makes you a bit angry in those difficult times, it’s okay.  I get it.  It truly is hard to believe that anything good could possibly come from those hard times.  Just remember that nothing of this world can last forever, which means your storms can not endure forever. 

One thing you must do is come back to that verse at a later time.  When you are doing better, please return to that scripture.  With hindsight as your advantage, look back and see what happened because of that trial.  Lessons, connections, and many other things could have developed because of what you went through.  The good things could be laying there along your path like gold hidden in the cracks of a road. 

Even better, that good could have come to someone else.  Other people could have benefited and been helped because of your tribulations.  Multitudes could find the good from your hard times.  There are so many possibilities.  The good from your trials could be like the basket of fish and bread that never ran out. 

Take time with that verse when you are strong.  Hold onto what you’ve found tightly.  Then when the winds pick up and the rains pour down, perhaps that verse won’t be so painful to hear next time.      

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