Glory Seed Devotionals, 2016: Year of the Blessing
Good things happen to God’s people (you)…
There’s a good chance you’ve heard the phrase “bad things happen to good people”. I am sure there’s a good chance you’ve had some experience along those lines too, I know I have. Hopefully in the next few moments I can persuade you to change your thinking from “bad things happen to good people” to “good things happen to God’s people”. Do you remember Joseph, the young man with the coat of many colors? He’s the kid that was sold into slavery by his brothers and later became second to Pharaoh in Egypt. Of course you remember him. Do you know Joseph said something we’ve in common with him? Yep, that’s right. Here’s what he said. “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.” (Genesis 50:20, NLT)
As the story goes, Joseph was talking to his traitor brothers. The “harm” (bad things) that befall us come from different sources but what is more important than the source or what the “bad things” are is GOD INTENDS THEM FOR GOOD. In other words GOOD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOD’S PEOPLE! For me the best example not only of good things happening TO (Jesus) God’s people but also good things happen FOR (us) God’s people is illustrated in the Resurrection story. Which basically is a bitter to sweet story, a death to life story, a bad to good story, a coal to diamond story, Jesus’ story our story, a God to people story.
Have you ever heard the story about a man who had been ship wrecked on a small island for nearly a year then one night his hut caught fire. Wondering what could happen next to him he fell asleep only to wake up the next day to a rescue party who had seen his signal fire. You can easily give the man your name because at some point in your life that’s happened to you. God saw your signal fire (some seemingly “bad thing”) and used it to solidify your relationship with Him. Your relationship with God is the ultimate good thing (blessing).
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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