We are good at getting things wrong. We get the directions wrong and make wrong turns. We remember things wrong and pass on wrong information. We get the lyrics to songs wrong and we can also get scripture verse wrong as well.
For example, does the passage that says, “You can ask for anything you want and Jesus will give it to you” really mean you can do that? I don’t know about you, but I haven’t found that to be true.
One of the most frequently used statements by Christians and non-Christians alike, which is not true, is the famous, “Everything happens for a reason” statement. How can I say that’s not true? Because that statement isn’t in the Bible. Did you know that?
The scripture passage attributed to that statement comes from Romans 8:28, which reads, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.” That statement is true, but that passage is not saying “everything happens for a reason.”
Because when you say “everything happens for a reason,” that implicitly implies that God is doing all things that would include giving people cancer, causing a car accident that takes the life of a teenager and leading people to commit suicide.
That is simply wrong and untrue. God does not do that. In fact, God hates those things and God hates death, however and whenever it happens. That is why He did something about it by sending his Son, Jesus Christ, to give his life and defeat death so it will not be the end for anyone who chooses to believe in him. (John 3:16-17)
Yet when we say, “In all things God works for the good of those who love Him,” we can acknowledge two things:
Not all things are good. Cancer is not good. Heart attacks are not good. Car accidents are not good and neither are depression, anxiety or bipolar.
Yet, if you continue to love Him through these not good things, God will go to work for you and your good through them.
And having God work for you is always a good thing because He can do things we cannot.
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Mark Holmen is pastor at Crosslake Evangelical Free Church (The Log Church).