We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God. -Romans 8:28a HCSB

I have never been a fan of the cliché: "All things happen for a reason". I have always found it to be a simplistic understanding of how God acts and intervenes in the world. That said, I do think that "some things" happen for a reason. It is a truth evidenced in many parts of the bible as God's children cooperate in faith with the Holy Spirit.

Synergei is the Greek word that is translated "work together". It communicates an idea of synergy. The word reminds us that God is not a sovereign micromanager manipulating our lives but One who calls us into a synergistic relationship where we rule with him at his side. And in the end, all things are synergized for the good of those who love God.

Help us Lord to resist all forms of religious fatalism. Help us to work together with you in doing good.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on words in the bible.

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