The Bible is both literal and living. The verses possess an exact interpretation. But the Holy Spirit also applies those words to specific areas in a person’s life. That’s why you can read a scripture multiple times through the years, and it means something different to you each time. When I read this verse, the Holy Spirit showed me that difficult times in my life still have a purpose in God’s will. Even if I suffer, God has a plan. The thought comforts me and carries me through painful circumstances by reminding me of the hope we have in Jesus Christ.

“The Lord has made everything for his own purposes, even the wicked for a day of disaster.” Proverbs 16:4