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GOD is Good

January 25

"But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but GOD meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive."  Genesis 50:20



"... there are no tragedies from Heaven's vantage point"



The shock of Jacob's sons was not that their brother was alive; but rather what GOD had meant of their evil.  These words of Joseph should not take us aback either, for the only motive fallen man can muster is evil.  "And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually."  Why are we surprised when sinners behave like sinners?  Does not the Scripture exclaim that even the advertised righteousness of man is a stench in GOD'S nostrils?  "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; ..." 

Evil men, with evil thoughts, are but the witless pawns in GOD'S plan to do good to those who will trust HIM and receive it.  If you doubt this, take Judas Iscariot as 'Exhibit A' of one who fulfilled both prophecy, and his own destiny, yet he is the very poster child of all the traitorous down through time.  Were it not for his contribution to the bloody scene of Calvary, we would still be without the hope of GOD'S good gospel.  Horizontal rational will always conclude that there's been a horrible mistake; that somehow this just isn't fair.  Vertical reason however, factors GOD into the equation of all perceived inequity, and is assured that present bad can be, and often is, the vehicle to ultimate good.  Have you ever stopped to consider that there are no tragedies from Heaven's vantage point?  Was not the cross of CHRIST the most evil deed ever perpetrated by man?  But look, GOD meant it unto good ... "to save much people alive."

"Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good."  ... if anyone has ever epitomized this verse, it is our SAVIOR!  And to those of us who would return evil for evil, the author of Hebrews admonishes us to: " ... consider HIM that endured such contradiction of sinners against HIMSELF, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds."  Consider men and you're apt to find evil, consider GOD and you'll always, always find good.  Love GOD and you'll be blessed to know that HE is so.

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love GOD, ..."

For Love of Country
John Sherman
(U. S. Statesman and brother of General Sherman of Civil War fame, 1823-1900)
"I appreciate the Holy Bible as the highest gift of GOD to man ... the unspeakable gift of JESUS CHRIST as the SAVIOR of the world."

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