When thinking of God’s style of doin’ biz, the word that seems to come to mind is ‘ironic.’ I mean really … Only every so often does a nice and tidy straight forward approach to a problem is ever used. Oh … Occasionally … A woman gets sick, Jesus heals her that kind of thing. Even in my own life I’ve seem similar. But for the most part, God seems to let the plot continue off in a bunch of seemingly perilous ways. Then somehow upon looking back on things, weaves all these threads into the answer …. The route home … Only from the top of the mountain does the landscape really make sense.
I guess that this should be no surprise really. Paul had his thorn in the flesh … Which he gave thanks for! In the Old Testament we have Joseph saying to his brothers, “What you have intended for harm, God intended for good.” (Genesis 50:20) God the Father did not save Jesus from the cross, but in what has to be considered ironic, saved others through His death. The bottom line is, a sovereign God uses ‘bad’ things as material for good.
My own life story has things in it I resent, many things to repent, pain from various things, times of poverty, wrong choices of course, broken relationships, broken dreams. disappointments … But I think God is like an artist … Able to take various imperfections and fashion them into something even more exquisite. I have growing confidence, as my faith grows, that even my individual life is in some small ways contributing to a bigger story. OK, maybe a bit part in the overall play, but a part nonetheless that touches others. We all do. God has given us a good world and wants us to enjoy it. Yet we also live in a fallen world full of injustice and evil, something’s even of our own hand. Even these are redeemed by God, who makes all things new! Not everything is good to those who seek Him, but everything is capable of being transformed to good!
Just some thoughts on a Wednesday morning …