Had to share…powerful message from Harvest Ministries pastor, Greg Laurie whose daily devotional can be subscribed to here:
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” – (Hebrews 13:5)
Sometimes people use the expression, “It’s all good!” In a broad sense, that is actually correct, theologically at least. It’s all good if you are a Christian—either in this life or in the life to come.
Shakespeare said, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. . . .” If that is true, then God writes the script and has decided what will happen to whom.
The movies we tend to remember are the ones in which a conflict is overcome. If you were go to a movie that had a happy beginning, middle, and ending, no doubt you would be bored. Where is the conflict? Where is the bad guy? Where is the adversity that someone needs to overcome? That is what makes a movie exciting, isn’t it?
In life, God does not use conflict to make the story better, but to make us better. Someone who has lived a conflict-free life is likely to be a soft, spoiled, and selfish person. On the other hand, someone who has gone through adversity is probably a stronger, more capable, and hopefully more caring person than they were before.
Sometimes God will stop the storms in our lives. A check arrives in the mail inexplicably in the exact amount you need. Your prayer is answered in another way, and you know that it is a miracle.
But at other times, God may answer your prayer differently than you wanted Him to. He doesn’t stop the storm. He doesn’t take away the problem. He doesn’t heal the illness. But He does walk with you through it.
Your crisis, tragedy, or heartache ultimately will work together for good, either here or in eternity. And you can be assured of this: He always will be with you.
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