If you’re struggling through a difficult time I’m sure it doesn’t seem like it right now.
What’s so amazing about our creator is how He can take the worst hardships and turn them into the greatest victories.
In the true story ‘The Hiding Place’, Corrie Ten Boom and her family are put into a concentration camp for hiding Jews during WWII. While incarcerated they continued their mission of spreading God’s love to other hurting prisoners. When Corrie is released she helps transform the same concentration camp that held her into a haven of hope for surviving prisoners of war. That horror house that held her becomes a place of love, hope and healing. Today her legacy lives on through books, movies, plays, and other forms of media.
In the book of Genesis Joseph is sold into slavery by his own brothers, falsely accused and imprisoned. And yet he becomes ruler over all of Egypt second only to pharaoh himself. Years later when his brothers come and beg him for mercy he says:
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.”
When Jesus is crucified there is violence, chaos, betrayal, anger, despair and weeping. What seems like a dreadful ending turns into great joy on the third day when He rises from the dead.
In the book ‘Heaven is for Real’, we are told by a four year old boy who has a near death experience and goes to heaven that Jesus is there and is dressed in royal colors, wearing a crown of gold, riding a beautiful horse and wearing the scars on his body as an eternal reminder of His great love for us.
The greatest tragedy on earth is death, and paradoxically, God uses it to defeat death itself.
Isaiah 25:8 tells us: He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth. The LORD has spoken.