There’s a verse in the Bible that I always go back to, which encourages me every time I’m down and has given me wisdom, strength and victory every time I turn to it.
What’s this special verse? It’s Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God”.
When something bad happens to us, we have to be patient and trust that God will bring something good out of it. We have to wait for the big picture to unfold. One day, if we are patient enough to trust God and see His total vision for our life, we will see how both the good and bad things actually mix up beautifully into a wonderful story with a happy ending. The setbacks make your comeback that more amazing and turn your test into a testimony.
Bad things will happen to us, we can’t avoid trouble in this fallen world. However, we make things worse if we fixate on the negative. Maybe you went through a divorce or had a bad childhood, but it’s dangerous to isolate the bad parts of your life. Though you’ve been through a tough time, if you trust God, He can give you beauty for ashes and you’ll come out stronger, more victorious than before.
God whispers comforting words of hope in Jeremiah 29:11 –
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Believe that God has good things lined up in your future, that you’ll meet the right people at the right place at the right time. When you face a set-back, instead of getting discouraged, re-ignite your passion, don’t look at the failure and start moving forward. As you power on with fire in your heart, God will grant you the victory.
In your life, there will be both good and bad things. Wait for God to work with both the good and the bad, wait for the big picture to unfold. When you see the fullness of what He’s doing and the victory that He will bring to you, you’ll forget all about the pain of your problems and praise Him for your blessings. You’ll say to Him – “God you’re amazing, you had it all figured out, your plan was better than my plan!” When something bad happens to you, you may not understand why but one day, if you don’t lose your faith and move on with life, you will see His perfect plan.
So don’t lose heart. It’s not over until God says it’s over. And God always ends with good.
There’s a story about how this man was shipwrecked on a deserted island. He was terribly depressed – all alone, away from his loved ones. He had no idea how he could get someone to rescue him. He prayed to God for help but weeks passed and nothing happened. He lost all hope that he would ever be rescued. Then something terrible happened. One day, when he went out to gather some fruits for lunch and when he came back, he found that the hut he had built was on fire. As he watched his hut burn to the ground, he cried out to God – “Why are you doing this to me? I prayed for you to help me and things only go from bad to worse. I give up!” He was utterly devastated. But then an hour later, a boat turns up at his island. It was the Coast Guard – they had come to rescue him. The man was over-joyed. “How did you know I was here?” the man asked the captain. “We saw the signal from the fire you built on the island,” the captain said.
Like the shipwrecked man on the island, God can turn the fire that threatens to destroy us into a beacon of hope. We just have to be patient and wait to see how God can turn things around and transform the negative into the positive. As Psalms 30:5 says, “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning”.
So no matter how bad things get, keep your hope in God and watch Him bring you the victory!
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