Today’s Scripture: And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

The late R. A. Torrey had an unusual name for a well-known verse of the Bible. He called Romans 8:28 “a soft pillow for a tired heart.”

Many Christians have lain their heads on this promise. It is a balm for the broken and a salve for the suffering.

The phrase “we know” is often missed when we read this. If you are like me, you want to skip right to the good stuff! But these two seemingly insignificant words are the good stuff.

This is a phrase that indicates most Christians know this is a truth by experience. And if you have not yet experienced this truth, you will.

God does not cause bad things, but He sometimes allows them. In His infinite wisdom and sovereignty, He has not only the ability, but also the knowledge to make bad things bring about something great. Afterward, the result is greater than if the bad thing had not happened at all. He does all of this without conflicting with man’s free will.

This principle should be part of a dedicated Christian’s regular experience. It is something “we know.” Does anyone have to tell you that honey is sweet? Does anyone have to tell you that God is good? No. As the sweetness of honey is proven by tasting it, so the goodness of God is proven by experiencing it over and over. Yes, He is good, but not just good — VERY GOOD!

Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.