This Turn of Events
Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your Word. Psalm 119:67
Romans 8:28 assures us that all things will work for the good of those who love the Lord, and that’s a promise we greatly need. But do you realize there are a lot of Romans 8:28-like verses in the Bible? God’s ability to reverse our trials is interwoven with the story of redemption. God has a way of turning things around, sooner or later.
Job said of his troubles, “Indeed, this will turn out for my deliverance” (Job 13:16, NIV). Nehemiah 13:2 speaks of how God turns curses into blessings. The writer of 1 Kings 12:15 said about an incident, “for the turn of events was from the Lord, that He might fulfill His word.” Paul told the Philippians the things that had happened to him had turned out for the furtherance of the Gospel (Philippians 1:19).
“Things have a way of turning out,” we sometimes say when facing difficulty. Yes, they always do for God’s children, but only because of His redemptive power and grace. In His providence, trials become disguised blessings that draw us closer to God as we learn from Him and lean on Him.
God sometimes answers our prayers by giving us what we would have asked for had we known what He knows. J. D. Greear
Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word – psalm 119:67