Using Evil for Good

draw-near-to-god-in-suffering-500x325I read this this morning in my devotions. It blessed me so I thought it would bless you.

Jeremiah Burroughs:

It is the way of God to work by contraries, to turn the greatest evil into the greatest good.  To give a great good after a great evil is one thing, but to turn great evil into the greatest good is another, and yet this is God’s way: the greatest good that God intends for His people, He many times works out of the greatest evil, the greatest light is brought out of the greatest darkness.

This is the art of arts and the science of sciences, the knowledge of knowledges, to understand this, that

God brings life out of death,

He brings joy out of sorrow,

and He brings prosperity out of adversity…

He brings grace out of sin…

It is the way of God to bring all good out of evil, not only to overcome the evil, but to make the evil work toward the good. Now when the soul comes to understand this, it will take away our murmuring and bring contentment to our spirits. (Taken from The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, p. 48).

It is an immense truth for the soul to learn that God does not counteract evil, permit evil, or battle over evil, but that He uses evil as a means to bring about good. God uses the weapons of Satan against him and brings about His purposes through evil purposes of others. God saved Israel’s family by using the evil of Joseph’s brothers (Genesis 50:20). God. God used the wicked Babylonians to judge apostate Israel and bring them back to Himself (Habakkuk 1:5-11). Above all, God used the evil of the religious leaders in crucifying Jesus to bring about the salvation of the world (Acts 2:23-24). God can make straight lines with crooked sticks. His power is of such immensity that He is able to use even evil to accomplish the greatest good.

What then do we have to fear? All the evils of the world will be used of God to bring about glorious things. We may not, and most of the time do not, understand how it works, but we know He does work is so. For, “we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flower.

About Dana Dill

I'm a Christian, husband, daddy, pastor, professor, and hope to be a friend to pilgrims on their way home.
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