Written by: Jasmine Alexis
Most of us are familiar with Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” This scripture is quoted so often that its meaning becomes ineffective to us. Do we really believe that all things work together for good? Is there any good in getting betrayed? What about losing your job?
Often times, when we experience trouble, all we see is the trouble. We cannot see the good in the situation. I want to encourage you this week to open your spiritual eyes and see how the challenges you are facing now are working together for your good. No matter how bad your situation is, God can use it to produce a far greater work in you. The situation may not have been God-ordained, but it can be God-used. Even if we put ourselves in the mess we are in, God is so merciful to turn the situation around for good. The scripture says “all things.” “All” in the Greek is equivalent to “all” in English. All means all. So, this includes every situation, whether it was caused by outside forces or yourself; God can still turn the situation around.
Joseph was sold into slavery by his own brothers. He was lied on by Potiphar’s wife. He served time in prison for something he did not do. But in the midst of it all, he never complained. He held on to his dream, despite the negative circumstances he found himself in. But those same negative circumstances pushed him into his destiny. If he had not been sold into slavery, he would not have worked for Potiphar. If he had not worked for Potiphar, he would have never been falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife. If Potiphar’s wife had not accused him, he would not have gone to prison. If he had not gone to prison, he would have never been able to use his gift of interpreting dreams. If he had never interpreted the dream of Pharoah’s butler, he would never have had the privilege of interpreting Pharoah’s dream. And if he never had that privilege, he would have never been made Prime Minister of Egypt.
Those negative circumstances placed him in a high position of authority, where the prophecy God made to him as a child came to pass: he would rule over his father and brothers. After the prophecy came to past, his brother’s felt bad and apologized for what they did. But Joseph replied, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives” (Genesis 50:20, NIV).
Don’t ever think your problems are too big for God to use for good. Joseph is a prime example that God can use the very things that trouble you now to promote you. Even if your problem is a result of disobedience, repent (change your mindset) and allow God to use the situation for good. If you had a baby out-of-wedlock, use that situation to encourage young women to wait until marriage and to minister and uplift those who are also struggling with raising a child alone. If your significant other left you for another person, thank him for making room for your God-ordained partner to come.
If your enemies are after you, trying to destroy you, send them a thank you note, because they are causing you to seek God more. Never regret what you went through in the past or what you’re going through now; if you had not gone through that, you would not know what you know now. Even if your issues don’t promote you as Prime Minister, the good is you’ve gained a lot of wisdom—first hand wisdom that you can share with others. Remember, your tests are not just for you, it’s for others who will face the same problems. Your tests build your testimony, and your testimony is the most powerful weapon you have.