God intended it all for Good
It can be really easy to be a bitter and angry person. It can be easy because we live in a world where sadness lurks around every corner, evil acts are done to children, bad news shows up every night on the television, death on the highways, and recently, horrific murders in a movie theater, to name a few examples. There is a lot of bad stuff in this world we’re living in.
If you take a quick look back through history, not much has changed. Ever since Sin came into this world, it’s been bad. It’s been a place that’s made it easy for people to become bitter and angry. Sin should make us angry. After all, sin killed Jesus. But the good news is that death wasn’t the end for Him. Death isn’t the end for anyone who’s found salvation through Him.
I’ve been reading Genesis. In the beginning, Adam & Eve sinned. They were tempted by the Enemy and chose to disobey one of the few restrictions God gave them. And you and I would have done the same thing. None of us is without sin. We made this world bad — not God. We can’t blame him. He actually hates sin.
Whether we sin against ourselves or someone else sinned against us, God has a plan to rescue us from it.
As a women’s ministry leader, I’ve listened as ladies have shared some sad stories about their past. These precious women have endured things like rape, incest, sexual & physical abuse, abortion, abandonment — things that could easily justify becoming bitter and angry. And what can I say to these women to make things better?
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
Joseph told his brothers, who had sold him into slavery and told everyone he was dead, that God had a bigger plan. His brothers were fearful because of all they’d done that Joseph might react on some kind of revenge to make them pay. Instead, he chose to see the bigger picture. He understood that God worked everything out for his good. He wasn’t bitter and angry.
God has such a bigger plan for each of us than we could imagine. When we’re at our worst, He’s at His best! Can we trust His plan, even if it doesn’t make sense in the moment?
~ Erin Ramsey
Father, thank you for paying the price for sin. Thank you making a way for us to also live forever. There is still so much sin in this world. We ask that you would protect our children and those that are vulnerable to harm. We pray for those who are already suffering , that you would bring them comfort and show them that help is on the way. Help us to trust your plan. We love you, Amen.
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