[CF Devotionls] 2016-09-13 - What People Say ~ God Will Bring Good out of This

And What the Bible Says About It

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Obviously the Bible does teach that God brings good out of bad situations. To confirm that, you have to look no farther than Romans 8:28, which is possibly one of the most often-memorized verses in the Bible.

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

When people say this, they are likely trying to help the person or their family to look ahead to the time when things will hopefully improve for the person. It may be a person who just feels they need to say something, but can't think of anything positive to say about the current situation.

Occasionally, there is a slight chance that this comment may be encouraging to someone who is challenging, if s/he is already at the point of seeking to find something positive in the situation. But often, this comment is uttered way too early, and inadvertently comes off sounding like an empty cliche, which downplays the stringent nature of the situation. In this situation, the comment has truth in it; it is more an issue of timing, and realizing that the person probably already realizes this, anyway. When one is going through a challenging situation, what that person needs first, is to have their feelings validated. Yes, God will eventually bring something good out of a difficult situation, but it may not be right away.

Many times, it turns out to be like Joseph's situation, in which it took several years for the good to be experienced by Joseph. One thing that these struggling people need is simply a non-judgmental listening ear. Often, there really isn't a need to say anything at all, just to be "in it" with them, to be a presence in their life. If we behave like Job's friends, if we "sit on the ash heap" with them, we will be proving ourselves to be true friends to them.

Series to be continued.

[email jan] Janice P. Moser

All scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.

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