How can we know if what happens to us is good or bad or for our ultimate good? Many new businesses are begun during times of layoffs. Many turn to the Lord during times of illness. All writers know that without conflict there is no story, without a defining moment there is no plot. The eternal struggle between right and wrong is drama and the choices we make are what build character.
There is an old Chinese story - - -
Father: My son got a fine horse as a present.
Friend: That was good, very good.
Father: No that was bad. He fell off the horse and broke his leg.
Friend: That was bad, very bad.
Father: No that was good. The general came and took all the boys off to war but because my son had a broken leg he was spared.
Consider the big picture. How does what is happening to me today affect the ultimate outcome of my life?
As Joseph said to his brothers who sold him into slavery...
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives." Genesis 50:20
Trusting Him to use our circumstances for His Good,
Pastor Bob and Marion Rieth