Day 19

I Will Bring Goodness from Every Broken and Twisted Thing

from the Promises of God reading plan


Revelation 21:1-7, Romans 8:28-30, 1 Corinthians 2:6-12, Psalm 31:1-24, Psalm 34:8

BY She Reads Truth

The best stories end with good triumphing over evil, the hero saving the day, and peace being restored to the land. But the story we are living will have a greater ending still. God promises to make all things new and to bring goodness from every broken and twisted thing. How this will happen is largely a mystery. In the midst of this world breaking and twisting around us, the heartache and sorrow we experience doesn’t seem to contain even a spark of goodness to be fanned into flame. So this, of all God’s promises, may require the greatest amount of faith.

The Bible does give us a glimpse into the final outcome: a world where God dwells with His people and “grief, crying, and pain will be no more” (Revelation 21:3–4). That God could take the murder and theft and lies of this world and transform it all into a place that feels like heaven is beyond our ability to comprehend. And yet, we see it in the cross. The most broken and twisted thing imaginable—the murder of the Son of God—became the greatest good thing the world has ever known.

Through the cross, God has made a way for His goodness to permeate our world and overtake the curse we all live under. Every pain and hardship we suffer is being worked “together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). Though we cannot fathom how it will be done, we can trust that it will be, because we can trust the One who has made this promise. All of the promises of God found in His Word are as certain as He is good. He is the reason for our hope, and the hope of the Lord does not disappoint (Romans 5:5).

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51 thoughts on "I Will Bring Goodness from Every Broken and Twisted Thing"

  1. Cynthia Johnston says:

    If you were to ask me what is the worst thing that has happened to you, I would say it is my parents’ divorce when I was 4 years old in 1965. If you were to ask me what is the best thing that has happened to you, I would say my parents’ divorce. You see when I was 9 years old I heard I had a Heavenly Father who loved me and would never leave me. I grabbed onto that with both hands and have never let go. God uses every single broken and twisted thing for my good. He is a good, good Father!

    1. Ashley White says:

      ❤️

    2. Jennifer Anapol says:

      So powerful!! Thank you for sharing!❤️

    3. Margaret Terry says:

      I say the same thing about my own divorce. As a single mom of a 3yr old and a 5 yr old, I
      Asked God the be “head of our household”. He has done amazing things and brought for 2 wonderful Jesus loving adults. It wasn’t an easy road, but He should himself faithful
      And a lovely provider in the most amazing ways in the scariest times. I wouldnt trade a minute of it, and it’s almost shocking to hear myself say that at this point (27 years later!)

  2. Olivia Plunkett says:

    I have been going through some incredibly difficult times lately – it just seems like one thing after another is going wrong and I am trying to be strong in my faith and accept that this is meant to teach me and bring me closer to God, so today’s readings were good reminders of that

  3. Angie says:

    My computer was not loading SRT this morning. When it finally did, the first thing I saw was Dorothy’s line,
    “He is the reason for our hope, and the hope of the Lord does not disappoint (Romans 5:5).
    I had been trying not to but, crying. I had just received an email from our principal as to the ways our staff is going to make saying goodbye to our students special, and I will not get to be a part of them. I was crying for what my students and I would miss, but…God in His always loving, always caring way sent comfort from His word for He is our reason for hope and He does not disappoint. I know my students know I love them. I know they feel valued and respected. Today I will tell them about our situation. I may not be able to respond as quickly, as encouragingly, or as helpfully as they and their parents are used to. The principal will tell our staff as well because there are things in my classroom that need done that I cannot do. What I can and need to do is finish report cards, make lesson plans for the next two weeks, and do student data sheets.

    I am having trouble being and doing all things presently.

    Thank you for your many prayers for my husband and myself. I KNOW, I CLAIM, it is TRUTH that is the reason he is doing better. His fever maintains, even with acetaminophen…but yesterday his eyes were open and that is good. I am still fever free, just very tired. I am praising God for the rain today as it means I cannot mow or do anything maintenance wise outside. The health department called yesterday. When he is fever free for 72 hours…then he waits 10 more days to be released. As his caregiver…I am quarantined now, as well as 14 days after he is released. (I will have time to rest.) One step at a time. Thank you Lord, for You’ve got this…and me. I love you Lord. Thank you.

    I very much appreciate your prayers but, I LOVE reading the posts of your growth in Him and your glorifying and praising Him the most. That is the very best shalom. I trust the prayer, but am revived as I soak in the praise for our Lord. Thank you sisters. God is good, all the time.

    1. Mari V says:

      Angie, WE are praying for you!

  4. DOROTHY says:

    Sorry I hit send before I corrected. So on this sentence “We may not loke what His reason or why but He has a reason.” it should be like not loke.

  5. DOROTHY says:

    “He is the reason for our hope, and the hope of the Lord does not disappoint (Romans 5:5).” This sentence says it all I believe. Therer have been many times in my life, and I’m sure in your’s also, I have felt the Lord has disappointed me but I look back or will look back and see the good and hope and love that has come from what occurred. My father would always tell me, “God has a reason for everything. We may not loke what His reason or why but He has a reason. We may not know His reason until we get to Heaven ourselves either. But God has a reason, so have faith.” My faith is what it is now do in great part because of my father. The hope God gives us is so great that sometimes we overlook it or we don’t want to see it.

  6. Donna Wolcott says:

    Psalms31:3-8 really spoke to me this morning and I offered it up as my prayer too. Have a Blessed weekend dear sisters.

  7. Diana Fleenor says:

    I’m glad today’s reading included Psalm 31. I recall the many times this particular psalm gave me expression to my own pain. I’m so very grateful for psalms like this which have encouraged and taught me how to cry out to the Lord who is my refuge, a strong fortress to save me!

    Though the Lord has already brought much healing to the deep wounds of becoming “a reproach, especially to my neighbors, and an object of dread to my acquaintances” as well as ”forgotten like one who is dead,” there is a shadow of grief as the scars are touched today. However, like the psalmist, I can say, “Blessed be the Lord for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me when I was in a besieged city. I had said in my alarm, ‘I am cut off from your sight.’ But you heard the voice of my pleas for mercy when I cried to you for help.”

    And to be reminded that one day all this pain and mourning and twisted brokenness will be completed healed and redeemed, wiped away, is a song of great and everlasting hope!

  8. Rebekah C says:

    When I carry my burdens of grief to Jesus and ask how can I bear it, I am often met with a vision of the cross. No matter what I experience, pain, loss, hurt, a lack of friends, it pales when I am confronted with the cross. Even when I feel I don’t deserve what I am dealt, I find myself, again, staring at the cross.

    It’s a hard image to look at, but the more I look, the more beautiful it becomes. Somehow the most twisted form becomes the most glorious.

    I find another curiosity from looking at the cross, I begin to look at the hideous things of this world in a different light. As my perception of Christ changes, so does creation, from the gross little worms crawling around in their own filth to the homeless people. They are all good because created them to be.

    A fallen perspective puts things out of order and ranks some things as worthless, what God says is good, we have deemed gross.

    When my perspective is processed through the cross, instead of gross, my eyes are slowly opened to glorious, good, and perfect.

    Yes, we still deal with fallen humanity, as in the now, but not yet, but through the eyes of Jesus, even the most hardened person becomes a glimmer of the God who created them.

    1. Jane K says:

      Oh I love this Rebekah. Thank you for sharing. I am going to look at the cross differently for now on.

    2. Danielle McCutcheon says:

      That’s so good and true! Thank you for sharing.

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