Why Everything Does Not Happen For A Reason

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
This Bible verse does not mean everything happens for a reason. What does it mean to you?

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That phrase.

We’ve all received it personally gift-wrapped by well-meaning friends, caring loved ones, and kind strangers. It usually comes delivered with the most beautiful of intentions; a buffer of hope raised in the face of the unimaginably painful things we sometimes experience in this life.

It’s a close, desperate lifeline thrown out to us when all other words fail:

Everything happens for a reason.

I’ve never had a tremendous amount of peace with the sentiment. I think it gives the terrible stuff too much power, too much poetry; as if there must be nobility and purpose within the brutal devastation we may find ourselves sitting in. In our profound distress, this idea forces us to run down dark, twisted rabbit trails, looking for the specific part of The Greater Plan that this suffering all fits into.

It serves as an emotional distraction, one that cheats us out of the full measure of our real-time grief and outrage. We stutter and…

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2 responses to “Why Everything Does Not Happen For A Reason

  1. Some phrases just don’t comfort but cause more distress, this is one of them. The other one “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” is also one that I can do without.

  2. Most things that are upsetting are because of our own human nature.

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