In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom. (Dan. 1:20)

“IT’LL ALL WORK OUT.” That line is somewhat of a classic in our house, sort of a family motto. I started saying it years ago, usually met by groans from the kids. But I’ve repeated it for so many years now that others often beat me to the punch line. When a tree falls across the driveway just before I’m leaving for work, my husband says, “It’ll all work out.” When the holidays are approaching and our adult children’s schedules aren’t lining up for a family celebration, the kids say, “It’ll all work out.” And it always does, somehow. They’ve seen it happen time after time.

When Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah chose to follow the Lord’s commands rather than the king’s, they had confidence that, somehow, it would all work out. And it did. When their training was complete, they were found to be superior in every way to those who had lived differently. God came through for His people, as He always does.

Saying that things will work out is not a glib way of dismissing real trouble or insoluble problems. We know things may not work out as we’d like them to. Yet we have confidence in the God who causes everything to work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose for them (see Rom. 8:28).

Find an opportunity to say today: “It’ll all work out.”

Heather Gemmen Wilson is the author of the Global Warning Series (WPH), a fiction series for preteens, and she inspires young minds as a professor of creative writing.

© 2017 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission.