There are so many events in our lives that don't seem to be justified. We do good to others, we tithe, we do our best to walk in the fruits of the Spirit, and yet we sometimes go through periods of our lives (and sometimes for most of our lives) that just don't seem fair - or just!
Hannah Whitall Smith says, "Nothing that is not part of God's will is allowed to come into the life of someone who trusts and obeys Him. No matter how unjust something may be, even when it comes straight from Satan himself, by the time it reaches us it is God's will for us and will ultimately work to our good."
I want to say that God's will is never for evil! However, the world is and we open many doorways as we pass through it for the devil to appeal before God for permission as he did with Job. In Job's case it was pride and fear that opened the doorway to allow the devil to work.
Read Job again and notice that "what he feared the most" came upon him and his "arguments" with his friends and God revealed the pride in his life.
God used it all for good though because Job's heart was with God. God is just and even the devil has to play by His rules. We ultimately, as children of God, win the war! We must make a conscious decision daily to walk in His ways no matter what comes our way. That is the way we overcome, which is the promise given to us. What we choose to think and believe about our circumstances will change the world around us. Jesus said, "Only believe."
In the pain, we share in Christ's sufferings. We look upward and onward knowing that our reward is not of this world. We can get good out of the evil we endure. Sometimes we just don't see the door out, but in it all, God is still with us, never leaving nor forsaking us, but calling us always to follow Him in Faith.
I sat on the porch and watched it raining one afternoon. The raindrops beat down the flowers until they almost laid on the ground. I in my wisdom knew that the rain would be good for the flowers, for without it, they would surely die. However, if I did not know that, I would think that the rain was destroying those beautiful flowers. When it stopped the flowers did their part and stood up again glowing to show us a picture of Christ in this fallen world.
God knows that the pain we endure will not destroy us, if we take His hand and choose Faith. God will turn every drop into good for us and others. Don't let the rain in life keep you from glowing inside.
Donna L. Watkins lives in Central Virginia with her wonderful husband enjoying birds, wildlife, gardening, forests, nature travel and her cat, Squeek. More articles can be found at TheHerbsPlace.com and a free subscription to her mailing, A Healing Moment. http://www.theherbsplace.com/ahm.html
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