Monday, January 4, 2010

The Promise of Tribulation???

Whether you want to call it a promise or a fact of life, Jesus said "In the world, you will have tribulation." Thankfully he goes on to say, "but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world."

Yet, we don't like to "tribulate." In fact, we often act surprised when things don't go our way. We act as if there's been a cosmic mistake made when bad things happen to good people.

That's why I so appreciate Judy Gann's book, The God of All Comfort! In her suffering, Judy acknowledges the very real comfort she receives from a very real God, comfort she is then able to pass on to others . . . thus bringing good out of evil.

Jesus specializes in bringing good out of evil. Look at his life, his teachings, his miracles, and especially his death. The apostle Paul picked up this theme in Romans 12:21 when he instructed believers, "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."

Who could use a dose of the comfort you have received from God? How can you bring good out of the evil you've experienced in the world?


  1. Thanks so much, Julie. 2 Cor.1:3-4 are my life verses. Over and over God's comforted me in my pain and then I, in turn have been able to pass His comfort along to others. No better way to bring good out of evil.