Out of The Bad Comes The Good
This world is full of bad things. No doubt about it. We asked God if He is such a good God why does He let it happen. Doesn’t He care? When it happens to us directly we get shaken and risk losing our faith, causing us to rebel and abandon our faith completely. We are worse now than before He found us. Reminds me of an event in Luke 11:24-26:
“When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, searching for rest. But when it finds none, it says, ‘I will return to the person I came from.’ So it returns and finds that its former home is all swept and clean. Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse than before.”
The Bible is literally filled with bad things happening to good people. We are not even comparable to their faith. Why did they endure such things? For one thing, they believe with all their heart and might added with insurmountable amount of faith. Second, they weren’t doing it merely for the merit or rewards but out of love, for the sake of their relationship between God and them. I could say that was one of the stumbling block that I had in my Christian life doing the things that God commands me to do in exchange of material blessings. It shouldn’t be that way, we obey Him because that is our duty as Christian and it is the mark of being a believer to live like the way He commands us to.
Have you ever notice that Satan gives you whatever you want to have and God doesn’t. God either says yes, no, maybe or wait. The world defines the first as good because he always gives you what you want , with a catch of course, your soul. Nothing is free except the grace of God. To those who have children what do you think would happen if you give every demand your child ask you? See, what I mean?
Bad things happen not because God hates you. It is one of the lies the enemy that he plants in your head. Look at the Bible, it is full of it. From Joseph getting sold to slavery and imprisonment for absolutely doing nothing wrong, David being hunted down by Saul and holding himself from doing harm to Saul inspite all the oppurtunities provided to do such thing. Daniel in the lion’s den, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah into the blazing furnace. The furnace was so hot that the soldiers got burned and killed them. Don’t forget Job and all the apostles that went through terrible things. What would happen if they did the opposite thing? Even Israel’s rebellion made the salvation of the world possible.
It is in things like these that God’s presence is revealed. The question is are we going to have faith enough? Are we going to be patient enough? Are we going to be like Job who said, “The Lord gives and the Lord takes it away. Let the name of the Lord be praise.” Or are we going to listen to what his wife said, “Curse God and die.” When the time comes that we become impatient and weariness comes, are we going to say, “Forget it I’ll act on my own.” Yet God, reminds us:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will direct your paths (Prov. 3:5-6).”
Hold on to your faith and to His promises. Focus on His works and what He called you to do. If you may ask what if He stay silent, then I’ll leave this words for you, for all of us:
“Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vine, even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the field, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation (Habakkuk 3:17-18).”
“If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand , O king. But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up (Daniel 3:17-18).”
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