Monday, February 2, 2015

GOD USES THE BAD STUFF


And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. 

 Romans 8:28 (NLT)


We got it in the mail just the other day.  The outside of the envelope was stamped in bold letters, “THIS LETTER HAS BEEN MAILED FROM THE WISCONSIN PRISON SYSTEM”.   You see, when David died people were held responsible for his death.  Two of them ended up in prison.  This letter was from one of them.  He never thought he’d have homicide on his record from buying that one pill for our son and handing it to him.  He was “just” helping out a friend of a friend. 


Reading the letter was encouraging.  When this man first found out what he was being charged with, he thought his life was over.  As he looks back over the past few years and waits a few more months to be released his view has changed.  He credits prison with saving his life and believes God has spared him.  He wants to help others that struggle with addictions and we plan on meeting him soon to see where God continues to take his story. 


We all can list bad stuff that has happened to us or is currently happening to us.  Some of it is because of our choices and some is just because there’s sin in the world.  The death of David start a chain reaction.  Mike and I wondered how God was going to use his death to advance the kingdom of God.  For this man in prison God used a tragedy, homicide, prison, and addictions till he didn’t have anywhere else to turn.  God has and still is using David’s death for good.  And so our tragedy is and continues to reveal God to others. 

I often didn’t like reading the verse about God using everything for good for those that believe, especially when I was in the midst of some nasty stuff, but that didn’t make it any less true.  Thinking of this man and others helps me to actually get excited about this verse because I know God is going to do some pretty awesome stuff with the nasty stuff of life. 


Prayer:  Lord, help me to see the good in the midst of my pain.  Help me to encourage others as they go through valleys and reveal those good things that you are always doing for us as we are on this sometimes exciting and sometimes hard journey of life. 

Ann Gapinski

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