How many times do we go through something difficult and blame God? Or, worse, ask Him, “Why did You allow this to happen?” or “Why didn’t You stop this,” “why didn’t You help me?”
Yet, on the other end of the spectrum, whenever things are going good and we experience good times in our lives, or many blessings, how many times to we get on our knees and thank God?
All good things come from God. At the same time, Satan is working against us, to steal, kill, and destroy every part of who we are. If he can tempt you into sin, he will. If he can get you to doubt God and your faith in Him, or do anything to hurt your relationship with God, then Satan will certainly try.
But at the same time God is in control. He never causes bad things to happen but He can and does use the bad things in our lives for good. Sometimes, it’s to test us—to test our faith in Him. Other times, it’s to make us stronger, or give us a testimony. Sometimes, when we endure hardships, once we make it through, we can share with other people and encourage them during their time of difficulty.
God always brings good out of bad. Just look at what He did for the people in the Bible. Joseph was sold into slavery and then ended up in prison. But, years later, Joseph became the second man of all Egypt, just in time for a terrible famine that happened. Because of that, when Joseph’s family came for grain, Joseph was able to make sure they received it. Joseph said, “What you meant for evil, God meant for good.”
Job is the prime example. Satan wanted to prove that Job would lose his faith in God, so Satan literally destroyed this man’s life. He lost all his livestock, all his sons and daughters died, and he became gravely ill. But in the end, God restored Job and gave him double what he had before and helped Job get through it.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego is another example. When they obeyed God and refused to bow down, the king threw them in a fiery furnace to kill them. But God was with them in the fire and saved them. God saved Lot from the destruction of Soddom and Gammorah. God also instructed Noah to build the ark to save him from the flood.
God closed the mouths of the lions for Daniel and he restored Samson’s strength, despite Samon’s disobedience. When David sinned, God forgave him and also gave him victory over his enemies.
And we can’t forget about the greatest example of turning evil into good—Jesus Christ. He willingly gave His life and endured the most brutal example of torture imaginable. He faced the wrath of God on Himself for our sins, even though He Himself was sinless. It must have been unbearable to watch, for Jesus’ mother and disciples. And for the next three days while Jesus was in the grave, I can only imagine their depression.
But can you imagine their joy when Jesus came back to life?
God used the ultimate evil—killing His only Son—for the ultimate good—saving you and I from our sins, from eternal death and damnation.
So, the next time you have a bad day, thank God for the good that He’s going to bring out of it. And, the next time you have a good day, thank Him for the joy you’re feeling and experiencing.
In good times and bad, praise Him. For He is worthy of all praise. And remember, sometimes, God delivers us around the storm, but sometimes He delivers us through it.