Dora Weithers has written for Christian publications. Her devotionals inspired by everyday living are brimful of hope and encouragement.
You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good.
Instead of a plastic or light metal shower curtain rod, the builder decided to use a heavy steel tube. He convinced me that because it would not bend or break, it would never need to be replaced. Fast forward a few years. The steel tube fell during a repainting, and shattered the lid of the toilet tank. Instead of the attractive look I wanted, my bathroom turned ugly and inconvenient.
The next morning, I awoke to the thought of holding onto the shower curtain for support as my foot slipped, coming out of the shower. I imagined the steel pipe landing on my forehead, knocking me backward and crashing my head onto the solid concrete floor. It became clear: God had allowed something bad to happen, in order to prevent something worse. It pleased me that I had not fussed or blamed the devil. It displeased me that I had not expressed thanks the way I should, in every situation (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
It was cruel for Joseph to be thrown into a pit in the wilderness, but that prevented his destruction by wild animals (Genesis 37: 18-22). It was unfair for him to be imprisoned innocently, but it was in prison that he met the butler who introduced him to the Pharaoh who made him a ruler in Egypt (Genesis 41). Joseph suffered some bad things: jealousy, hostility, slavery and false accusations. He lived to tell his brothers who started it, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good.”
What bad thing happened during the past week which caused you to fret, to resent someone, to tempt you to give up a worthy goal? Change your perspective. Express gratitude for a God who allows us to lose possessions that are potential firewood; to fail at relationships built on deception; to encounter closed doors that prevent our disgrace.
God allows bad things to spare us the worse. Let us appreciate His wisdom and accept His decisions, even when His gifts come wrapped in bad packaging. He knows what’s best for us.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your expressions of love which allows the bad that prepares us for the good, since all Your gifts are offered from a heart of love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Good Perspectives on Bad Things
- “If I were to say, 'God, why me?' about the bad things, then I should have said, 'God, why me?' about the good things that happened in my life.” ―Arthur Ashe
- “The good and the bad things are part of life. Accept it. The bad is a learning process, you will surpass it.” ―Ann Marie Aguilar
- “There are always going to be bad things. But you can write it down and make a song out of it.” ―Billie Eilish
- “Things get bad for all of us, almost continually, and what we do under the constant stress reveals who/what we are.” ―Charles Bukowski
- “The greatest gift is the ability to forget - to forget the bad things and focus on the good.” ―Joe Biden
- “There is just no getting around that turning bad things into good things is up to you.” ―Deepak Chopra
- “You don't run from the bad things in life; learn from them, because your worst is what will lead you to your best.” ―Randeep Hooda
- “You don't stop living because bad things happen. You keep going.” ―Gina Neely
- “You take a look back at some tough parts of your life, just bad things that have happened: they tend to build your character and make you who you are.” ―Case Keenum
- “We might experience bad things in our lives. But if we worship a God who suffered more than us, this is our highest example. And there are lots of challenges in our lives. This does not mean we give up.” ―Mosab Hassan Yousef
How Do You React When Bad Things Happen?
- Say Something Good and Also Something Helpful
Sometimes it takes the gracious words of another person to point out God’s favor. That’s by design. The attitude of both speaker and listener improves when we build each other up with the right words.
- Purpose: The Reason We Don’t Give Up
God’s question, “What are you doing here?” suggests that Elijah was in a wrong place, where self-pity robbed him of his significance. Why stay in a place where it seems that purpose has expired?
© 2020 Dora Weithers
Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 30, 2020:
That's right Flourish. It pays to be grateful at all times, knowing that we're never experiencing the worse.
FlourishAnyway from USA on June 28, 2020:
Sometimes we don’t know what that bad thing could have been! I am glad that you are safe from your spill and didn’t incur worse damage than a broken toilet lid.
Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 28, 2020:
Manatita, thanks for sharing your insights. True, sometimes we see only as necessary, and to be honest, that works just fine.
manatita44 from london on June 28, 2020:
Indeed the trials are a part of Him, like the good things you mentioned. Perhaps you read my piece today. It touches on gratitude also. We grow daily and The Absolute Itself reveals as necessary and at the appointed time. Much Love.
Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on June 26, 2020:
Eric, that's a powerful testimony. Thanks for sharing your faith and your strength!
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 26, 2020:
So worthy of contemplation. Sometimes I just ask "Is this all you got?" God has never given me trials that I could not handle -- even alone. But the tougher roads I like to trevail hand in hand.