What Possible Good Could Come From This?
by Noah Hefley
March 28, 2020
Is it possible that God might choose to use this dreadful coronavirus crisis to bring about some good things in us? Scripture would seem to indicate this is so—
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
I like the way this verse begins, “And we know…” The Apostle Paul rings a note of certainty here and that’s important because we often think of times of adversity as times of uncertainty. But it doesn’t really have to be that way. We can look with great confidence and positive assurance for ways that God will use this awful circumstance to produce good things in our character and life.
Paul says that God will do good things in our lives “according to his purpose.” What is His purpose? According to v. 29 it is “to be conformed to the likeness of his Son” (v. 29). God uses the tools of unfortunate circumstances to accomplish His moral and spiritual purposes. God uses adversity to bring about our conformity to Christ’s likeness. There are, perhaps, sinful tendencies that need to go from our lives and spiritual attributes that need to be added to our lives. We know that not everything about us glorifies the God who saved us. Some things need to change! Well, God loves to use problems to make us more like Jesus. God may not cause it but He knows how to use it to bring good from it.
There is an old story that shines light on this truth. It seems that a young girl was sent to a neighbor’s house along a mountain side to bring home two geese which had been bought. She had to drive them through a dark wooded area in the evening twilight. She did not fear the shadows but along the way was a fierce dog in front of a house. As she walked along nervously she heard the rattle of leaves and suddenly a wildcat sprang out to attack her. But just before he pounced upon her, the fierce dog rushed to the girl’s defense, and seized the wildcat by the throat with his sharp teeth and killed the wildcat. What the little girl dreaded was what she needed. We dread the dogs of adversity more than the wildcats of our own sinfulness. But our need is that these dogs with sharp teeth would have access to us and kill the things about us which would destroy us.
If you find yourself questioning this present adversity, ask God to give you insight as to how He might be at work to bring about good and to further His purpose in your life. Remember: God is always up to good. Look for it!
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