THE GOOD AND THE BAD
September 15, 2020 By Donnella Cranford
FOCUS SCRIPTURE: Think of what God had done! If God makes something crooked, can you make it straight? When times are good, you should be cheerful; when times are bad, think about what it means. God makes them both to keep us from knowing what will happen next. Ecclesiastes 7:13-14 (CEV)
ENCOURAGEMENT: The good and the bad—what we don’t often consider is that God made the one as well as the other as indicated in this Scripture. I was specifically struck by the concept of straightening what God has made crooked. First of all, I don’t generally think of God in this way…making something crooked.
Consider this, our lives are made up of events which are straight—those that meet our expectation, and events which are crooked—those by our standard are unfair, don’t feel good, we don’t like, and therefore, baffle our understanding. The straight is good, but here’s something to think about. God makes our lives crooked at various times to prepare and train us for the role He has planned for us. Think about Esther, Naomi, Ruth, Joseph, Rahab, David.
It’s hard to see victory in the mist of the valley walk. Trying to argue or figure out why the good and bad days are allowed in our lives or in someone else’s life is not only unwise, but also not our role. God’s ways and timing are not our ways and timing. What we can do is accept what comes and believe that it will all work out for our good, because it will.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for the insight You have given us about this Scripture and how to apply it to our present situations. Forgive us Lord for worrying about the many things we have no control over and help us to surrender to you faster than ever before. Father guide us into spending more time sitting quietly at Your feet and as we sit, we ask that the Holy Spirit gives us the spiritual ears to hear Your truth even if it’s a curve that You need to make straight in our lives. We surrender totally to Your guidance and it is in Jesus name that we pray.
REFLECTION: Situations in life can overwhelm us and that’s when we need to remind ourselves that the challenge is our gateway to our victory. Rejoice in the good times and ask God for insight during the crooked times.