Romans 8:28 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 28 And we know that [a]God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Footnotes: Romans 8:28 One early ms reads all things work together for good ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I can go for years without giving a lot of thought to this oft-cited verse, but reading from or listening to someone who holds it more.... close? special? fundamental?-- whatever... can get those thoughts churning, which never leads to an unchangeable solution. I don't think it is of prime importance whether "God causes..." or just "all things work..." because that does not change the direction-- and indeed, if God does not cause things to work together for good, then who or what can that does? Nevertheless, if you proceed through life like myself, not attributing yesterday's figures of 49 degrees for the low and 75 for the high to any divine purpose, rather to climate and geography, perhaps you fail the significance of the message of this verse. But what is the right approach? Did God cause those temperatures for something 'good' that wouldn't happen otherwise? Maybe to stop something 'bad' that would? Then, it may be asked, why doesn't he keep the temperature of the waters on the coasts too cold to swim during spring break-- indeed, all the time-- so people don't go around in skimpy swimsuits, resulting in lustful and promiscuous behavior? However you see this, it's obvious we don't have brain nibble of the capacity to understand all things and how they work together for any purpose. So I ordinarily just don't give thought to simple, regular things that happen one way or another every moment. And then there are the deeper questions of whether God causes evil things to happen as part of that working together. Are we best thinking about this issue or not, since we can't possibly understand all it necessarily involves? [And did God just cause that medical center rep to call and interrupt this to find out why I haven't set up my appointment for a bone scan yet?] Is a football player right to get on his knees and thank God the touchdown he just scored, since God caused him to do it? ... this is too much.