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. Lindsey Ellingwood says:

    This promise has been my stomping ground for nine and a half months. My battle cry.

    In the middle of our VBS week last summer (2019) where we were saturated in the truth that God is good…my husband, Daddy to our 6 year old son, associate minister at our church..very suddenly and unexpectedly passed away. The brokenness and twisted season that we walked through and are still walking through has had some moments that seem impossible. But I know that God has been good, God is good, and God will use all things for his glory and goodness. I want to run towards God with all that I go through, with all that is within me, with all of my beauty and all of my brokenness. I want to trust that he is bringing good from it. I want to be used by Him. I want to share our blessings through bereavement. I want our son to know that God is good.

    Thank you for today’s scriptures and devotion. ❤️

    1. Angie Troyer says:

      Thank you for your beautiful witness Lindsey. You are a shining light for Jesus.

  2. DOROTHY says:

    Angie I am continuing to pray for you and your husband.

  3. Churchmouse says:

    Revelation 21:4 gives me comfort and confidence for my future. Psalm 31:15 gives me comfort and confidence in my present. This comfort and confidence is predicated on the character of God, that He is, at all times, good. This world is filled with trials and tribulations. Heaven is unimaginable in its scope and wonder. Both can produce anxiety for those of us who like order and predictability and the known. Ahhh but that is where faith comes in – faith that God is good and God is loving and, above all else, that God is true to His Word. He keeps His promises, every one. He is the One in Whom lies all comfort and confidence. My present and future is secure. I am, and will be, ok.

    1. Keva Richardson says:

      Wooh Amen!

  4. Jessie Pipp says:

    I lost my biological mom at 5 and my stepmother at 19, both very tragically. I miscarried our second baby in February. But God has brought goodness from these broken and twisted circumstances. I don’t know if I wouldn’t have met my husband or lived the life I have if I hadn’t went through losing my mom and stepmom. I experienced God’s divine provision and goodness in new ways after losing our baby . In the moment I couldn’t understand Romans 8:28-29, I questioned it even. But today I can see God how God wove himself into each of these circumstances and the decisions I have made in my life since then. While the reality of loss and grief is so excruciating, I KNOW God will be in it. Every time.

  5. Betsy says:

    I love this, Rebekah. Great perspective.

  6. Ashley White says:

    ❤️

  7. K D says:

    Praying for you Angie!

  8. Janet Landrigan says:

    The broken and twisted things of this world are being used by God to (Rom.8:28-29) work together for the good of those who love God…to be conformed to the image of His Son. When those broken and twisted things come to mind – as they often do – think of them as instruments/tools in God’s hands to make us more like His Son. Instead of dwelling on the pain and loss, consider how God is changing us to reflect Jesus. Then praise and thanksgiving can come from a truly grateful heart.
    Joni Eareckson Tada often quotes, “God will permit what He hates to accomplish what He loves – Christ’s image in me.”

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