Our circumstances DO NOT get the last word.
The enemy DOES NOT get the last word.
Death and disease DO NOT get the last word.
Trials and pain ARE NOT in vain.
Suffering and grief DO NOT go unnoticed.
God intervenes with mercy and power. No, he does not promise to make all hard things go away in this life, but he (through the mess, pain, suffering, etc.) is bringing about his plan to be made known and worshipped by all Peoples. He will go to extreme measures, but God knows what he is doing.
But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded. – Genesis 8:1
Yet your father has cheated me and changed my wages ten times. But God did not permit him to harm me. – Genesis 31:7
If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not been with me, you would surely have sent me away empty-handed. But God has seen my hardship and the toil of my hands, and last night he rebuked you. – Genesis 31:42
Then Israel said to Joseph, “Behold, I am about to die, but God will be with you and will bring you again to the land of your fathers. – Genesis 48:21
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. – Genesis 50:20
David stayed in the desert strongholds and in the hills of the Desert of Ziph. Day after day Saul searched for him, but God did not give David into his hands. – 1 Samuel 23:14
And he said, “Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. – 2 Chronicles 20:15
But now the LORD my God has given me rest on every side, and there is no adversary or disaster. – 1 Kings 5:4
They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. Butyou are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them. – Nehemiah 9:17
Like sheep they are appointed for Sheol; death shall be their shepherd, and the upright shall rule over them in the morning. Their form shall be consumed in Sheol, with no place to dwell. But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol, for he will receive me. Selah – Psalm 49:14-15
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. – Psalm 73:26
But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. – Psalm 86:15
The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever. – Isaiah 40:8
To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you brought my life up from the pit, O LORD my God. – Jonah 2:6
Yet I will have compassion on the house of Judah, and I will deliver them—not by bow or sword or war, not by horses and cavalry, but by the LORD their God. – Hosea 1:7
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. – Matthew 19:26
No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known. – John 1:18
But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. – Acts 2:24
You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.- Acts 3:15
But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God. – Acts 5:39
And the patriarchs, jealous of Joseph, sold him into Egypt; but God was with him. – Acts 7:9
When they had carried out all that was written about him, they took him down from the cross and laid him in a tomb. But God raised him from the dead. – Acts 13:29-30
For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong. – 1 Corinthians 1:26-27
Eye has not seen, nor ear heard . . . the things which God has prepared for those who love Him . . . But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. – 1 Corinthians 2:10
I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. – 1 Corinthians 3:6
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.- Romans 5:8
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 6:23
You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. – Romans 8:9
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. – 1 Corinthians 1:27
For which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained. – 2 Timothy 2:9
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved. – Ephesians 2:4-5