He Knows Best

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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.

—Romans 8:28

There are some things this side of Heaven that I never will understand. But when I don’t know something, I fall back on what I do know. There are times when someone asks, “Greg, why did God do this?”

And many times I say, “I don’t know. I just can’t answer that. But I know this: God loves you. God is wiser than you. And ‘all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.’”

It’s during those difficult times that we must walk by faith. We don’t understand, and there is turmoil going on deep inside. But we don’t know what God has in store.

Maybe you’ve had a setback in your life. Things were going well, and then all of a sudden, you went down in flames. You’re wondering, “What is this all about? How could this possibly result in anything good?”

I think Joseph must have felt that way. He was faithful to the Lord, yet it seemed as though he had setback after setback and went deeper and deeper into his problems. But each setback actually was a stepping stone to a greater plan God in store for him. That resulted in his being used more powerfully by God than anything else Joseph could have accomplished.

One day we’ll be able to look back and say, “Now I know why the Lord did this and why He did that.” For some of us, it only will be on the other side of eternity when we can look back and understand it.

We don’t see the big picture. But the great comfort is that He who makes and controls all circumstances knows what is best and will act accordingly. He will do the right thing.

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