But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day to save many people alive. – Genesis 50:20
When bad things happen to us, or when we go through tough times, God is preparing us for a task ahead because nobody can truly help others solve their problems except they have been through those problems themselves.
Problems don’t just come for problems’ sake, when God allows problems in our lives; it is because He has people in mind who need His deliverance. God allowed problems in Joseph’s life for the sake of Israel’s sustenance; He allowed it in Job’s life to have his three friends blessed. Moreover, we saw how Moses went from the palace to tending sheep in Midian (Exodus 2:15-17) just for the deliverance of Israel.
Moses gained firsthand experience with leading sheep in Midian because that experience was going to be useful when it became time to lead the children of Israel out of their bondage in Egypt.
Again, Jesus our Savior went through intense suffering to redeem the whole of creation from sin and Satan’s influence; and finally, Apostle Paul passed through countless hardships in order to affect the whole New Testament Church.
Today the same thing is applicable in our lives. To affect people for God, to make them know His ways, His love, His plans, His faithfulness and consistency, we must serve him in good times and the not-so-good times. We must show that we are good soldiers of the Lord that endure hardships, just so we can strengthen our brethren who are likely to go through similar trials and temptations.
We must show by our actions that we believe that, though weeping may endure for a night, joy comes in the morning.
This is the day the Lord has made for us to rejoice and be glad because He has turned our mourning into joyful celebrations; after all with God, it takes only but a moment for situations to turn around for our good. Praise God!
May your Monday be MIRTHFUL!
Psalm 30:11-12, Luke 22:31-32 and 2 Peter 3:8
Lord I thank you this day for making all things turn around for my good. Even what the enemy meant for evil has been turned for my favor. So I say, “for all you have done for me, I sing hallelujah to You.”