In humor, a man asked, “Should I jump off this bridge, or claim Romans 8:28?” Two days after my former college classmate’s vehicle insurance had expired, his car was being driven by another man. The driver ran a stop sign and collided with another vehicle, totaling both cars. Now the driver had to pay out-of-pocket expenses for each of the cars. He understandably felt discouraged after the costly accident. Would he trust God to work this situation out for good as the Bible says in Romans 8:28?

Thankfully, the driver of my classmate’s car chose to believe the promise in God’s Word — and he saw God take care of him just like His Word says. Even though the insurance had lapsed, the insurance company gave him a 30-day grace period so he didn’t have to pay for the damaged vehicles. All of our bad experiences are like that. No matter how bad things get, they will only come to pass. They never come to stay, because God always makes them work out for good. Even if an accident or health condition suddenly takes your life, if you are a Christian, you will still spend eternity in Heaven. Isn’t that good news?

Maybe you are going through a difficult situation right now. Perhaps a family member is having health problems. You may be in a financial bind because you lost your job, and you can’t make your mortgage payments. Remember that God has promised to make it all work out for good if you love Him. From time to time, trials will come to pass in your life, but be encouraged — they never come to stay.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder