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When Nothing Seems to Make Sense

In Zechariah 8:14-15, God says, “Just as I had determined to bring disaster upon you and showed no pity when your fathers angered me... So now I have determined to do good again to Jerusalem and Judah. Do not be afraid.” Then, at the end of time in Revelation, when all sorts of horrible judgments are playing out on Earth, an angel says, “You are just in these judgments, you who are and who were, the Holy One” (Revelation 16:5). 

The things God allows to happen don’t always make sense to us. Lots of us have looked at our lives or those around us and wondered if God was making a mistake. How often have we thought, “Seriously, God couldn’t actually mean for this to happen could He?”

Suffering doesn’t make sense when it’s happening. It may not ever make sense to us. But it does make sense to God. He has never been surprised by anything, and He has never lost control. He knows what’s happening around us, and He works all things together for our good (Romans 8:28).

If you’re finding yourself in a time of suffering, consider this: How might God want to use what you’re going through for your good? The Lord knows you and He loves you. Let Him comfort you and work through you.


  • Is there any area of your life where something has happened that makes you wonder why God would allow it to happen?
  • What is one time that you have seen God take something painful and work it for good?
  • What area of your life can you ask God to help you trust that He will use it for good?

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