When God Brings Out Good Things from Bad Situations

By Em Sumaway

imagesThirdly, God can use “bad” things or situations to teach us an important lesson and mold our character. What’s amazing about God is that He can bring good things out of bad situations. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

This verse is not saying that all things that happen to those who love God are good. Some things that happen to them are unfavourable, undesirable, disadvantageous, detrimental, and even plain wrong. But God can make all experiences work together so that good comes from them in the end.[1] Isn’t that amazing?

One writer once asked, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” Another writer sharply answered, “There are no good people” (i.e., good enough to be deserving of God’s favor). Bottom line is that whether you are good or bad, unpleasant experiences will come your way. But you can take joy in the fact that God is in the business of producing good and positive results out of adverse circumstances.

HOW DOES THE STORY END?[2]

If we read further we will find out that Elijah survived the drought. He eventually went back to the King’s presence after about three years to announce that God will send a rain. What happened next is one of the most amazing displays of victory for God’s glory—the contest between Elijah and the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18).

So how does the story end? God was glorified. If we can summarize the lessons we learned from Elijah and the ravens in one word, it will be the word, obedience. What we can expect to be the outcome if we obey God—He will be glorified.

The first step to a life of obedience to God is to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Will you take that step towards obedience today?

[1] Editor’s Note: In the context of Romans 8, the phrase, “all things,” may include freedom in Christ from the law of sin and death (v. 2), condemnation of sin in the flesh (v. 3), giving of life to our mortal bodies through the Spirit (v. 11), the sufferings of this present time (vv. 17-18), the work of the Spirit in our weakness (v. 26), and the purposes of God in our salvation, from calling to glorification (vv. 28-30). The “good” may refer to all the benefits of God resulting from “all things,” including Christ-likeness (v. 29).

[2] I also came across a very interesting blog while preparing this sermon. You can find it here: file:///C:/Users/edsie/Downloads/Staying%20Dusty%20%20Why%20did%20ravens%20feed%20Elijah%20.htm. The central point of the study is that God sent the raven to teach Elijah a lesson on mercy.

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