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Topic: Good and Bad (05/07/09)
TITLE: God is Always Working On Me
By Ruby Harris
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Have you ever noticed how God works in situations that look like they couldnít be any worse? I donít mean to begin with a question but it is starting that way. I have spent quite a bit of time with things horrible enough to be horror stories, but in the end God made something good happen from the bad. He said that in the end all things will work to our good. Itís hard to believe that unless you have heard from Him and lived through one of those times.
We all want things to be good in our life. They donít always turn out like that. Bad kind of wants to dominate as long as it can. It is amazing how God can take one of those times, and even though the original problem may not be resolved like you wish or as quick as you wish, He can show you how He is looking out for you.
Some people canít sleep according to Godís Word until they have done something bad. It makes me wonder how they can sleep knowing they have intentionally hurt someone especially by a lie. God is so good that itís hard to imagine a world that is evil or even one person that can be so bad. Sometimes truth really stings when it is told on you, but lies really have a ring of their own. I wonder how anything good can come of something like that but God does.
I recently found that people that I love and sure wish I knew they loved me were trying to really attack my sanity. I hate lying and really hate to be lied on. I go out of my way to avoid even stretching truth, but in our sin we all have that tendency. I sure do not want to intentionally lie to make things bad for anyone. It used to be that something like that turned on the perpetrator sooner than later but here lately it seems to be the opposite.
I saw that God used these circumstances to show someone how I was being abused and rejected. They used to not care or seemed to pay attention except to join in singing the same song. But, this time is has been different. This person has gone to one person involved and told them the truth in my presence. I had never had this before and it really felt great. God used something bad to make something good happen in my life.
I also recently lost my job due to it being shut down. I had a bad time with it until I realized that God knew it and it wasnít going to surprise Him. I begin to see that He was going to make something good out of this. I am hoping to not have to go back to work and I know that if this is what God wants then maybe the ministry I have always wanted will open up for me. I can begin to see doors open in a good way that first made me feel bad.
To make things successful the way God wants, I have to learn to look for the good and let God have the bad. I will allow myself only a minimum amount of time to react and then I will get hold of the path that starts to Godís understanding and start to climb. I had much rather wear myself out climbing to good than to sit and drown in the pity that bad can bring. God is good. I want to be the example of Him that will honor Him. I can handle the bad better if I know that will be the outcome. Good is to be the winner in my life.
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