Good From Bad

Something I’ve been thinking about lately: God has this incredible way of bringing something good out of even the darkest of situations.  Case and point – Jesus rose from the dead (and you know…opened the gates of Heaven for all who believe).  Talk about good coming out of a horribly dark and terrible event!

Accordingly, we have great cause for hope in all of the dark situations in our own lives.  We need only to look at God’s track record.  It’s as if He looks upon us and says, “Oh, you messed up?  Ok, you shouldn’t have done that… but watch what I can do with your mistake.  Do you now see how much I love you?  Do you now trust that my laws are in place for your own happiness?” No matter what we’ve done or how far we have fallen away, we have a God so much bigger than even our greatest sins that He can draw good out of them—and He does this out of love for us.

Obviously this is great news for us.  But let’s get one thing straight.  The fact that God can (and does) bring good out of bad situations does not mean that God renders a bad decision into a good one.

Adam and Eve still sinned in rejecting God’s command.  Pilate still sinned in handing Jesus over to be crucified.  God uses these sins as opportunities to shower down graces upon us, and to show how utterly defenseless Satan is against Him, but this does not change the fact that the acts were disordered, wrong, and sinful.  Likewise, when God brings good out of the dark times in our lives (whether those times are the result of our own actions, or of someone else’s actions affecting us), we do well to distinguish between the sin and God’s grace.

“…where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more” (Romans 5:20).

Praise God for continually bringing good from bad!  May we, who were baptized into Christ’s death, be raised with Him to walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:1-4)