Like most people I meet, we want to have a good life. And like many, our desires are to “live happily ever after.” But God’s Word lets us know that as long as there is a devil in this world, then there will be evil. God is good, but the devil will do all he can to stop God’s plan for us and pour the devil’s evil on us. The Bible says that the sun rises “on the evil and on the good,” and “the rain falls on the just and on the unjust” (Matthew 5:45). Jesus said to His closest followers, “In the world ye shall have tribulation” (John 16:33).
We don’t have to seek out trouble… trouble is a part of life. The good news is that the Bible also promises us, “All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
In my own life, I’ve had enough tribulation to last me the rest of my days! I don’t consider any of those troubles to have been “good.” Two miscarriages…several surgeries…the death of my father when I was 12…the death of my beloved firstborn son…the persecution we’ve experienced for being on television and proclaiming the healing Gospel of Jesus Christ. None of that persecution, sickness, or death had one ounce of good in it! But, the truth of God’s Word is that in those things, God has worked in my life for good. He brought me through those tough times. He showed me that He is greater than any of my troubles and that He will take authority over their consequences if I’ll let Him. God didn’t allow me to be destroyed each time a trouble hit. No… He gave me the courage to overcome that trouble and He used it to strengthen my faith.
That’s really the key, isn’t it? When trouble strikes, we must trust the consequences to the Lord. He can bring something good out of bad. He can change the outcome from something negative in our lives to something positive. He can turn a bad experience into something that builds us up, causes our faith to become stronger, and leads us to a miracle in our future.
Is trouble striking you today? Trust God to turn it to good in your life as you remain faithful to Him and continue to seek His purposes in your life.