Is Every Circumstance Good?


Most Sundays I prepare for church while listening to a local radio program called You Get The Blessing. I like it because the hosts take Jesus seriously and themselves not so much.

One of the hosts, Bo Mitchell, spent eight months in federal prison. This weekend he talked about how God has used that mistake for good. He expressed regret that he hasn’t been able to let go of his own negative attitudes about the experience.

Bo seems to believe that he should somehow perceive his prison time as a “good” thing. People have said similar things to me about my injury, but that’s just not how I see it.

Romans 8:28 assures us that God causes ALL things to work together for good. I’m not sure that means every circumstance IS good.

I don’t see paralysis and life in a wheelchair as a good thing, though God has certainly done many good works from those difficult situations. I don’t think I need to pretend that I like the injury, or believe God caused it, to see that God can bring good through it.

God causes even the worst, most evil, circumstances, to work together for good.

In that we find hope.

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Relentless Grace: God’s Invitation To Give Hope Another Chance
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