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Our Ultimate Good

God never allows pain without purpose in the lives of His children. He never allows Satan, nor circumstances, nor any ill-intending person to afflict us unless He uses that affliction for our good. God never wastes pain. He always causes it to work together for our ultimate good, the good of conforming us more to the likeness of His Son.

—Jerry Bridges in “Transforming Grace”

My prayer this week: Lord, help me trust you through the hard times, knowing that you are ultimately in control of every circumstance and situation I face — past, present, and future. Everything passes through your capable hands. Let me respond with grace and confidence because you are at work, and I have nothing to fear.