Day 17

26 In the same way, the Spirit comes to help our weakness. We don’t know what we should pray, but the Spirit himself pleads our case with unexpressed groans. 27 The one who searches hearts knows how the Spirit thinks, because he pleads for the saints, consistent with God’s will. 28 We know that God works all things together for good for the ones who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:26-28, CEB

I believe our hope is bigger than assuming God always, without fail, brings good out of every evil.

Our hope is that no matter what evil, trials, suffering, and hardship we face we know that God remains in control.  Sometimes this doesn’t help too much.  We don’t want to think about the fact that God could be in control and bad things are happening.  How do we make sense of that?  Well, short answer, we really don’t.

These verses do encourage us to have confidentant trust in God.  They’re pushing us to believe that God will end suffering and bring about good in the world.  They’re just pushing us to understand this in a more general way than what is often presented.  We can set aside questions about what sort of “good stuff” God will bring in a given situation.  We don’t have to repress or suppress emotion simply because we want to believe these verses are true.  They’re absolutely true- and we will still have suffering that appears meaningless.  We will still have hard times.  Good may come about in some of these situations and, in some, it may not.  But that does not make these verses any less true, because we have a trustworthy God who, in the grand scheme of things, knows what He’s doing.

One day, creation will stop groaning.  And we can rejoice in the fact that evil is gone without having to believe that the evil was actually good in disguise.

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