There’s so much going on in the world and in our lives that sometimes it seems as if there’s nothing good happening around us or in the world. That’s exactly what Satan wants us to believe but the truth is there’s good things happening in the world and in our lives in the midst of the bad. Difficult life changing situations are causing relationships that were broken to be restored and our faiths to grow.
The state of our Country is causing more people to become aware of our desperate need of God. Marriage struggles are causing us to put everything else that we considered more important than our marriages aside to refocus and rebuild them. All these things can be difficult but they draw us closer and more dependent on God. They reassure us that we can’t do this on our own and that we need God to get through this life.
As I was reading in the Book Of Acts I found something that encourages us as we go through this journey called life. There was this guy named Saul who was persecuting Christians and attacking the church. This was a difficult time for the church and for Christians and they probably was wondering why is this happening to us. They were scattered out around the area leaving what they called home, family and friends behind. But in the midst of this terrible situation something great took place. The gospel was spread, lives were changed and in the midst of this all they were able to find joy.
3 But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison.
4 Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. 5 Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah there. 6 When the crowds heard Philip and saw the signs he performed, they all paid close attention to what he said. 7 For with shrieks, impure spirits came out of many, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. 8 So there was great joy in that city.
As I continued to read God’s word he showed me something that was truly amazing. While Saul was making plans to continue to bring down his wrath on the church and Christians. In the midst of this tragedy that probably felt like it wouldn’t end. God had already prepared a plan not only to save the church and them but also a plan to save Saul!!!!
Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.
“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 6 “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
In the midst of their storm and while lives where being lost the gospel was advanced, a great apostle was being formed, more souls were being saved and snatched out of Satan’s hands.
As you search for the good in the midst of the bad. When you find it don’t forget to give God praise. Give him praise for always coming through even when you couldn’t see it.