“For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.”

Romans 8:29
When I was in the Navy, I was told that my worst habit was asking, “Why?” The inclination to ask “why” has carried into my spiritual life as well. Why did God allow X? Why did He not allow Y? Some of those “whys” will be answered in this life; others will not.

While a believer knows God works all things for our good, we still often wonder why it had to be that particular thing which God ordained for our “good.” Why couldn’t it be something else? Why couldn’t we just have that one thing or answer that we want?

We cannot know why the Father has ordered our lives the way that He has. But He is a good Father (see Matthew 7:11), and we can trust His hand and His desire for our lives. You and I have been predestined to be made Christ-like, our ultimate good on this earth.

Through a lifetime of “whys,” we can still trust that God is good and that we are firmly in His grasp. Though sometimes there seems to be no rhyme or reason to the things that happen, we trust that it is for our ultimate good: becoming more like Christ.

Scripture Focus

Romans 8:28-39


“God is too good to be unkind and He is too wise to be mistaken. And when we cannot trace His hand, we must trust His heart.” (Charles Spurgeon, 1834-1892)

Bible In A Year

  • Isaiah 49-50
  • Psalm 95
  • Acts 18