“As far as I’m concerned, God turned into good what you meant for evil.” Genesis 50:20a (NLT)
I was meeting with a friend yesterday who had injured himself during his workout the day before. He laughed because it was an unfriendly reminder for him to listen to his body and honor its “voice.”
God is amazing that way. He can turn pain into good.
He can turn pain into good, especially if we let Him.
Whether it is pain we bring upon ourselves (like my friend who pushed himself too far at the gym) … whether it is pain someone intentionally or irresponsibly inflicted upon us (like Joseph’s case as recorded in Genesis) … or whether it’s the evil one (who lurks around looking for someone to devour (see 1 Peter 5:8)), inflicting pain as we are tried and challenged and tempted.
In any of these cases, God can and will use the pain for good, if we let Him. God is amazing that way.
Like in my friend’s case, God reminded him to listen to his body and “honor” its voice. Who knows? Maybe God has some unexpected things for my friend to attend to while he is in a slower, recovery mode.
Or if someone has inflicted deep wounds upon you, God promises to heal and restore and bring purpose and meaning out of it. It takes time and much work, but if we open ourselves fully and continually to the great Healer, He will heal.
Or if we’ve been tempted, God can also use it for good. Maybe to reveal an area of weakness … maybe to surface a deep, old wound that still needs His healing … or maybe to reveal that more work is needed in an area you thought was done.
So whatever the issue you face, I want to encourage you to look confidently at it and boldly speak into it that God WILL use it for good. Then buckle up and get ready to partner with God in His healing work.
It it may not be easy, but it will be good. God cannot make anything but good.