Evil. God. Good.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Evil. God. Good.
You'll get through thisby Max Lucado

Life turns every person upside down. No one escapes unscathed. We’d be foolish to think we are invulnerable. But we’d be just as foolish to think that evil wins the day. The Bible vibrates with the steady drumbeat of faith: God recycles evil into righteousness. Perhaps you’re in search of a quick fix for your challenges. “How to Overcome Obstacles in Five Easy Steps.” Sorry to disappoint. I don’t have an easy solution or a magic wand. I have found something—Someone—far better. God himself. When God gets in the middle of life, evil becomes good.

Don’t we see this in the story of Joseph? Saddled with setbacks: family rejection, deportation, slavery, and imprisonment. Yet he emerged triumphant, a hero of his generation. Among his final recorded words are these comments to his brothers: “You meant evil against me; but God meant it for good” (Gen. 50:20).

This is the repeated pattern in Scripture: Evil. God. Good. See the cross on the hill? Can you hear the soldiers pound the nails? Jesus’ enemies smirk. Satan’s demons lurk. Satan whispers, “This time I will win.”

For a sad Friday and a silent Saturday it appeared he had. Yet what Satan intended as the ultimate evil, God used for the ultimate good. God rolled the rock from the tomb. Jesus walked out on Sunday morning, a smile on his face and a bounce to his steps. You can almost see Satan scampering from the cemetery.
“Will I ever win?” he grumbles. No. He won’t. The stories of Jesus, Joseph, and a thousand others assure us that what Satan intends for evil, God uses for good.

For more tips and tools for thriving in turbulent times, read You’ll Get Through This by Max Lucado.

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