It looks like pain.
It looks like grief.
It looks harsh….
Life happens to us and many times it doesn’t look good. It’s nothing we would ever want to happen to us. We would not choose this path in a million years.
Life like this keeps happening to me – I know it happens to you, too. If you don’t have any trials in your life right now, just wait. It’s not a question of ‘if’, it’s a question of ‘when’.
When things are looking bad, those of us who believe and trust in God can be confident that God is working through this trial to bring good into our lives. He has promised, so it will happen if we remain faithful and obedient.
I see God fulfilling this promise as I read the book of Acts. The believers are being persecuted for their faith. This is bad – a lot of pain and loss and problems. So the believers fled. And they shared the Great News as they fled, spreading the truth into other countries. They touched many people who had never heard about Jesus and grace and salvation. Good – out of bad.
But God is proving himself faithful once again by bringing good things and purpose out of my trials.
When things on earth don’t look good, Abba Father, please help us look up.