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. Carmen B says:

    Praise God! I am comforted knowing the God goes before me and prepares my future. That takes a huge burden off of my shoulders ❤️

  2. Lindsey says:

    Psalm 31:7-8 really stood out to me when reading today—“I will be glad and rejoice in Your love, for You saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul. You have not handed me over to the enemy but have set my feet in a spacious place.” This is the second time the phrase “spacious place” has come up in my reading today, and I realized that in the broken friendship I have been wrestling with, the Lord has provided me a spacious place. I would not have asked for it on my own, but if not for this spacious place, I likely would have never addressed the hurt, anger, and fear that had overtaken my heart. In this spacious place, I am finally learning to embrace vulnerability. I needed this spacious place; the Lord saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul, even when I did not. Thank You, Lord, for knowing our deepest needs and for bringing goodness from every broken thing.

  3. Maddie Chevalier says:

    a God like that would give us HIS OWN THOUGHTS to comprehend!!

  4. Mollymoo says:

    I have been following SRT for months now, reading the scriptures with you, pondering the essays, and praying for you all from my home in Colorado. This is my first request for prayer to my beloved SRT sisters in faith. My sister is going through a terrible time in her life. She will be turning 51 soon and has hit rock bottom. She and her fiance have broken up and gotten back together repeatedly over the past three years. She is not working and has not worked in about 18 months, due to hormonal issues and the stress of menopause. I am going through the same physical issues but I have a wonderfully supportive husband and good doctors to advise me. My sisster is nearly destitute. She is wanting to come and stay with us (from Virginia) for a week or two to get away from the stressful relationship. My husband has a severe heart condition and I am worried about the stress this will create for him as we begin to meet with the vascular surgeon and his team of specialists to discuss treatment options. I have prayed for my sister to turn to God and to make better decisions. I’m concerned that she will expect us to take on financial responsibility for her as we have a history of bailing her out. All of this sounds so negative and for that I’m sorry. Friday’s reading has pushed me to write to you all for prayers. God bless you dear sisters in faith. You have become my support network and I find peace in following your love and heartfelt comments. Love to you all.

    1. Meg Carroll says:

      Praying for you and your family. May God’s grace be evident in this difficult season… He will provide the right amount of grace at the right time, even in situations that seem too messy and complex.

  5. Maddie Chevalier says:

    SO AMAZING that

  6. Lizzie says:

    19 How great is your goodness
    that you have stored up for those who fear you
    and accomplished in the sight of everyone
    for those who take refuge in you. -Psalm 31
    I just read a bunch of these verses yesterday!! So cool when God keeps teaching you things!
    We are filled with His Spirit and what no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind can comprehend what He has prepared for us, He will work it all for the good of those who love Him, for the good of His children. We will be victorious, more than conquerors, through Him, we are His sons, heirs, brothers and sisters in this family, as we anticipate perfection and a greater fulfillment to come!

  7. Erricka Hager says:

    I love this Psalm because like many of the psalms, it is filled with God’s promises that those who seek our Father, relying on Him and the beauty of praising God does wonders in our lives. We can still trust that God’s plan is being worked out and that His plan is good.

  8. Melissa Mcronney says:

    Amen…powerful.. Lord I need You

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