God Can Use Bad For Good! I know that there are a lot of people out there that are going through some very tough stuff! Trials, frustrations, challenges and disappointments are never easy, but it is very important for us to understand that God can use the bad stuff for our good, if we will continue to love and trust Him.
In James 1:2-8 we read: “2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.”
I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends! It is through the tough and hard circumstances of life that our heart is purified and our faith is strengthened! I need for my heart to be cleaned up, because living in this world causes it to get dirty and polluted pretty quickly! I need for my faith to be strengthened, because I know that I cannot make it through without some help from my friends! (Father, Son And Holy Spirit!)
The Wisdom Challenge! What I don’t always have and what I often need most is WISDOM! Challenges and tough circumstances are a reality and there are times that they cannot be avoided, so I need to learn how to best respond to these challenges that the world throws my way – whenever they may come! The last part of the above Scripture tells us what to ask for and exactly how to do it!
What And How! We are to ask for Wisdom – this is the what! We are to ask “in faith without any doubting” – this is the how! God created all things and so we know that God created wisdom. Wisdom is what we need, so we should go to God and ask Him for it. God created wisdom, so that He could give us wisdom, so there should be no doubt on our part about Him providing what we need. We ask, we believe and we receive! It is often our lack of faith, our wavering in belief that keep us from getting the great stuff that God has for us!
You Need Wisdom! God made wisdom and He wants to give it to you! Ask Him for wisdom and believe that you have it! Now use that wisdom to go through your trials and troubles to the greater place of blessing that God has for you!