"You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above."
I know God is good. I know God can take a hard, a bad thing in my life and use it for my good.
He does not make the thing itself good, but he does cause good to come out of it. It might not seem like that in the middle of it. It might take years for me to see the "good" that came from the hardship, but I have come to trust just enough to know it to be so.
Sometimes it is a hard thing to accept, there is so much hurt, hardship, even evil in the world. It is not an easy thing to grasp - why does God, when he could in an instant change things, allow so much agony to happen?? I think that is something that will be questioned while there is life on this earth. It is a good question to ask. It will be a question asked until we know God enough to know he loves us with a passion, he is out father, he yearns for a relationship with us, he truly desires the best for us. Until we know his heart toward us is good all the time.
Some might say it is easy for me to say that, some might say you have a home, you have food and water, you have......... Yes, that is true, and I ask myself would I be able to say God is good and for me if my circumstances were different? I don't know, I would like to say yes, because I trust his heart. But..... I do know it is possible. I have witnessed it. I have seen and heard those in horrible circumstances still trust. I think because HE IS TRUSTWORTHY!!
I read this a few days ago, it caused me to stop and think on this again. Helped me to once again think through what I believed. I do not believe God "causes" evil. He cannot. He is good, not just does good, HE IS GOOD. Just like he does not just love, HE IS LOVE. I do believe he allows evil because he allows free will. I believe he allows the hard things to happen, but that he can and does take those hard things - again he does not make those things necessarily good, but causes good to come from them. (just a note here, I think that if we are not actively communicating with God during the hard things, asking for eyes to see, asking the questions, staying close to him we can become bitter and hard when life is tough. We need to keep open, mold-able hearts and minds)
"Isn't it glorious to know that no matter how unjust something may be, even when it seems to have come from Satan himself, by the time it reaches us it is God's will for us and will ultimately work to our good?" (Streams in the Desert)
Because God knows ahead of time what will happen, he see down the road, around every turn we make. He begins working for our good even before it happens.
"You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above"
May you all know and experience God's abundant love and grace.