God Can Bring Good Out of Bad Circumstances

Why me, Lord?…God Can Bring Good out of Bad Circumstances

MJOF-DevotionsOne of the best examples of this is God allowing His only Son to come to earth and die on the cruel cross to pay our sin debt. Jesus was One with God in creation dwelling in the purity and beauties of heaven. Then man disobeyed God and it would take a drastic measure to redeem mankind. I do not presume to know the discussion in heaven, but the decision was made for Jesus to come to earth in the form of a tiny baby born in a manger, and be reared by a couple in a God-fearing home.

How different it was to live on earth with humans, but Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man. Evidently when old enough, He worked with Joseph in his carpenter shop because sometimes Jesus was referred to as the Carpenter from Nazareth. Finally at about age thirty, Jesus began His earthly ministry. Great crowds followed Him, but He endured many rejections and trials as He taught and ministered to them. He fed the hungry, healed many suffering from diseases, gave sight to some who were blind, gave hearing and speech to some who were deaf and mute, cast demons out of some, and even raised a few from their tombs.

However, His primary purpose was accomplished when He died on the cross to save sinful mankind. He was betrayed by one of His disciples, and all the other disciples except John deserted Him during His crucifixion. And while hanging on the cross with all man’s sins on Him, even His Father, Who can’t look on sin, forsook Him. Other examples would pale when compared to the above one, but perhaps each of us can think of a hardship God allowed in our lives from which He brought good. If we believe the Bible, based on this is true: Romans 8: 28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”

For many years, I failed to include the next verse that tells us why this is true: “For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that he might be the first fruit among many brothers.” Romans 8: 29

Father, when we are suffering, help us remember Jesus understands: because no one has ever suffered as He did. Thank You, Jesus for loving me enough to die for me. Amen

Doris Lisemby