Turning the Bad into Good

Yesterday as I scrolled through Facebook I was delighted to see that a woman, with whom I attended a writing conference, is about to release her first published book. I follow her blog, so I knew she had been given a book deal. I did not, however, know the subject of her book until yesterday.

Infidelity.

Her husband had an affair, and she wrote about finding Jesus through it. In her blog, she states, “What the enemy intended to be my darkest hour, what he planned would push me beyond all hope, just gave God a platform to shine. Funny, isn’t it?”

As I have pondered her words, Romans 8:28 keeps popping into my head. “We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.” (AMP)

How can such painful things like infidelity, infertility, loss, or even death be used for good?

Notice that the Amplified version of the Bible emphasizes that God is our partner in our labor. He is not leaving us alone to struggle. He is with us. Our role in this partnership is to allow God to use those things. In the midst of tragedy, so many times we turn away from God instead of turning toward Him.

Furthermore, the verse states that all things work for the good of those who “love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.” God uses the negative things that have happened to us, the pain we have endured, for good: for our good and for the good of others.

Just as my friend stated, the infidelity in her marriage became a platform for God to shine. Her pain not only brought her closer to God, but telling her story can also bring others closer to God as well.

If you are interested in reading about my friend and her book, you can find her at
http://www.shaunashanks.com/blog/2017/3/16/kqhl9qau6ygtc0rtyi0z7bidxz6hfr

Jill Power

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