“In all things, God works for the good of those who love Him” (Romans 8:28).
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 continue spreading God’s love to other prisoners. When Corrie is released she helps transform that same concentration camp into a rehabilitation center for survivors. The 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 we read the story of Joseph who is sold into slavery by his own brothers. Later he is falsely accused and imprisoned. And yet he becomes ruler over all of Egypt, second only to pharaoh himself. Years later when his brothers plead 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” (Genesis 50:20).
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.
The greatest tragedy on earth is death, and paradoxically, God uses it to defeat death itself.
“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 (Isaiah 25:8).”
God is in the business of turning hardships into triumphs and making victims victorious!