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The Hardest Verse in the Bible

My personal opinion is the hardest verse in the Bible to believe is Romans 8:28. The Apostle Paul writes, “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.”

I believe it’s the hardest verse in the Bible to believe because it’s difficult for us to comprehend in the midst of our severe pain, and our severe tragedy, suffering and loss. It’s hard for us to really believe, in the midst of something that seems so radically wrong in our lives, that God can bring something good out of it, and, that God is in the business of working for our good when we love Him.

Many times, when we are devastated and afflicted, all we can see is the pain and the suffering that’s right in front of us. We can’t imagine how God can bring anything good out of something that is so wrong and bad.

We can’t see how things are going to work out for good because they’re too painful; they’re too evil; they’re too devilish. Many times they just seem too final. It’s like, “What else can happen? How can anything good come out of this?

What we must understand is working things out for good is one of God’s specialties. It is one of His greatest realities—He takes things that are radically wrong,bad, evil, wicked and final and turns them into good.

Far too often, we don’t walk in the courage and see that good actually can happen. Far too often, we get consumed with bitterness, disappointment and disillusionment. We quit. Maybe we don’t completely quit on God, but we quit His “process.” We quit His purpose as He’s working in us and therefore we never see the good.

How can we have this courage?

  • We need to put a spiritual stake in the ground today and say God’s promise from Romans to ourselves: “God works all things together for the good to those who love Him and are the called according to His purpose.”
  • We must believe God’s promise BEFORE we’re in the midst of trails and heartbreak.
  • We must believe God’s promise, not just when thing are alright or when we’re passing the verse on to others.
  • We must believe God’s promise when we get the devastating phone call or diagnosis or when we’re lonely and fearful and not understanding what’s happening.
  • We must choose to believe that God will work good in ALL things for you who love Him and are called according to His purpose.

Do you believe Him?

6 responses to “The Hardest Verse in the Bible”

  1. Derek Brown says:

    I do, but it’s very hard as you say. A verse I love that seems to go right along with this is Joel 2:25 – “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten…you shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, Who has dealt WONDROUSLY with you…” I was incredibly blessed by this teaching and blog, pastor. Blessings.

  2. Julie Dumond says:

    As Jesus settles in He makes all things possible and one day during a trial-thanksgiving will over come my heart because He is more evident in my life then ever before. Thank you, Jesus. “It is you I adore.”

  3. I chose to demonstrate a strong and uncompromised faith that trusts in Him without any reservations. That is my goal, my hope – to believe. Yet I with sword drawn and armor on begin to shake and quiver. Jesus says, in Mark 9:23 that “everything is possible for the one who believes”. I find that I must cry out to Jesus, as did the father of the sick child; “I do believe Master! Help my unbelief!”

    • Steve Berger says:

      Thanks, Keith. I like “without reservations”…take a stand, my friend.

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