Grace morning on this seismic and serene Sunday.
God promises to bring good from the storms of devastation in our lives. He reminds us in His word that there is great gain when we face painful times, as difficult as it may be.
It’s never easy to live through storms, struggles, sickness and suffering. But it is necessary if we ever long to grow. But easy? No, not ever.
No one wishes for hard times in life. No one asks for suffering or storms. No one longs to wade through deep rivers of hurt, rejection, and pain, or to try to find your way out of the valley of darkness, confusion and doubt.
Yet if we’ve lived long enough, we know this to be true. It’s all a part of life.
God reminds over and over in His word that trials are a part of our journey. It’s what makes us stronger, gives us endurance, builds our faith. He tells us not to be surprised at the troubles we face, but to “keep on rejoicing.”
Our storms might look different in this life, but they all offer the opportunity to change us, forever. And God can take what seems tragic and devastating to turn it around for good. It may not happen as quickly as we'd like, and we might find ourselves longing for another way, but blessing will come from it. For it's the way God works.
“But Joseph said to them, "Don’t be afraid. Am I God? You planned something bad for me, but God produced something good from it, in order to save the lives of many people, just as he’s doing today.”
Genesis 50:19-20 CEB
The "good" will shine through, just keep trusting in God’s promises.
Live, love, and laugh your way through this sufficient and superlative Sunday!