Are our circumstances good or evil

Good or Evil

Have you ever felt like ripping this passage out of the bible: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28 When horrible things are happening to me, how can that be good

If I lose my job, get in a car accident, I lose that big deal at work, .... I am left wondering how this works for good?

But then I started realizing, who am I to determine what is good and what is evil in my circumstances. I don't know how things are ultimately going to turn out. I don't know what God is preparing me for. A circumstance that might seem evil to me, may bring blessing to another person. I only see things from my limited perspective. If I lose a business deal, I judge that to be evil. But for the person who got the deal, he thinks it is good. He may have needed that deal more than I did. Who am I to sit as the judge of all events, to determine what is good and what is evil. My perspective is so limited.

I also tend to only look at how things affect me in this life. I fail to even consider what is God preparing me for in eternity? Having a perspective of eternity might really change how I see things.

Tree of Knowlege of Good and Evil

I'm beginning to think this all goes back to the eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. We see ourselves as such knowledgeable creatures that we know what is good and what is bad. But in actual fact losing my job may be the best thing that has happened. We don't know the end from the beginning. We see only the next couple days. God's perspective is much different. Could it really be, that what I think is evil, God will work thru for ultimate good.

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Comment from: inhim3 [Member]  

A lot of things have happened in my life I didn’t think could work out for good. Somehow, it is in suffering that Christ is revealed; A man of sorrow and acquainted with grief. Paul said that he wanted to know Christ in the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His suffering. The servant is not above his master. If Jesus suffered, we also will suffer. If they persecuted Him, they will persecute us also. When we suffer for Christ’ sake, the Spirit of Glory and of God is resting upon us. Additionally, we grow spiritually through the things we suffer, just as Christ Learned obedience through sufering. Let not the cross of Christ become a stumbling block to us. Many will not enter into eternal life because they shun the narrow road which leads to life. The wide road, a life of fun and intertainment, devoid of sufffering may lead to perdition. Sometimes christians become offended when things do not go their way, or the way they were taught or the way they expected things to go; and consequently, they may turn from following Christ. This is very dangerous. There is a lot of bad teaching out there that may lead people astray.I still wish we didn’t have to suffer so much in order to become more Christ-like. But I am not God so it needs to be the way it is.

12/09/07 @ 19:54