Solving the Biggest Jigsaw Puzzle


“God can handle the mess. He can put the destroyed, broken pieces back together. He knows how to do that.”[i] —Charles F. Stanley

Today’s Verse: “We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.” (Romans 8:28 AMP)


Too often when well-meaning people see someone hurting they tell them, “Don’t worry. Remember Romans 8:28? God will work out all things.” They draw the verse like an old-time western cowboy draws his gun. Sometimes when we’re hurting from loss, we think we don’t need to hear that verse one more time.

As painful or hard as it might be, we need to take a second look at the verse.

Picture a humongous jigsaw puzzle. It has many different pieces, but it ultimately pictures a life. Spread out on the table, the shapes and sizes of the pieces appear disconnected. Random. There are some large pieces and some small pieces. Some have defined lines and some are curved. As we begin to put the puzzle together, we soon discover that each piece has a place in the overall plan, and this plan, in the end, gives us a beautiful picture.

Many of our lives have been broken, shattered, and scattered because of loss. We feel like we’re in many, many pieces and nothing close to being a beautiful picture.

Romans 8:28 says “all things.” God, in His love and perfect will, is moving the pieces into place. It’s a huge picture and we may never see the whole thing—we may only see a few of the pieces. However, He works so that every piece comes together perfectly for those who love Him. There is completeness in all things.

There are no challenges for God. He is a loving Father who is always open to hear from His children. He wants what is best for us. Out of the pain of our loss He can bring hope, joy, and peace—that is, out of all things.

God is a master of putting the pieces back together. He’s promised He will never leave us or forsake us. He’s promised that He has a path for our lives. He’s promised to heal our broken hearts. Nothing is a surprise to Him. He is God over all things.

You may be devastated by loss. You may be crying out for hope and understanding. You may be searching for answers. Know this: God is in control. He loves you and He’s working overtime to bring good out of all things.

INSIGHT: When we face a loss and what seems like an overwhelming situation, the truth that brings assurance and hope is that God is a loving Father who wants the best for His children. He is good and in control.

PRAYER: Ask that God would seal these thoughts deeply into your heart. Seek to be consumed by His truth and not the ramblings of the Enemy. Thank God for His wisdom in putting the scattered pieces together for His glory and out of His love for you.


  • Study Romans 8:38–39 and 1 Corinthians 2:9. What is the absolute truth shared in these verses? How do they support the truth of Romans 8:28? Why is it important for you to realize it’s His design and purpose for you that helps bring the pieces together?
  • Understand that there is a bigger picture of life and hope. Know God’s heart and the promises of His Word. Take your feelings to Him and understand that He listens and will show you the next steps of the journey.
  • Discover the freedom of living in God’s love and peace. Take all of your questions about your pain and circumstances to Him and let them go. Discover the freedom of living with the knowledge that God is fully and absolutely in control of all things.

This devotion comes from my latest book, The Way Back from Loss which is available from most online and free-standing book retailers.


[i] Charles F. Stanley, God is in Control, (Nashville, J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc, 2003), e-book edition


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