"God would not allow any evil to exist unless out of it he could draw a greater good. This is part of the wisdom and goodness of God." St. Augustine.
Paul say in Romans 5, " Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us."
Now don't get me wrong I did not suffer great pains yesterday, but during any time of hardship from your own prospective it is a suffering. Though I totally understand levels of real and painful suffering. But, I want to tell you about my day. People often say that when you take part in what God wants from you the Devil is more apt to attack, and I believe that. For many months I have been talking to coworkers about starting a once a week Bible study and prayer before work, and yesterday was our first day. I found some great Scripture about green grass (I work for a lawn care company) that had some great context about not worrying and relying on God, we had a great time of prayer that even our boss got involved in, and we were able to share with each other prayer concerns that we can remember throughout the week. In short it was awesome!! So do you get where I'm going? After that the bottom fell out. The first thing I was aware of was a big time frustration with a chemical delivery man who seemed to think that I could lift 2,800 lbs of liquid Nitrogen...I know I'm buff and all but come on. Then he went and out right lied to his boss about me who then spread that lie to my boss. In short it was a mess and really upset me. Then I got a call from my pastor that my Facebook page had some really sickening things on it. I start work at 5:30 in the morning and yesterday I got to playing with cheesy quizzes on Facebook. I blogged about it below but the long and short is that some nasty stuff got on my page that I was 1) unaware was even there and 2) I didn't read fully at the time of the quiz. I looked at the answers and not the nasty explanations. So as a paid worship leader it was not good, and literally made me sick to my stomach. Then I went to church to work and we found out that we may not even get to have church in our new building due to many factors well out of our hands. So it was a decently bad day, wait it wasn;t bad it was interresting. BUT I WAS BLESSED. Later in the day I was reminded that we started our prayer group that day and I smiled ear to ear because in a sick way the Devil reminded me though his attacks that praying and reading the Word are more than the perfect way to start a day, and that ministering to coworkers is always what God wants. While I'm not going to sit here and ask for more attacks, I was blessed through them at the end of the day yesterday. I pray for safety for my family and myself and want and desire God's mercy on my day but, Devil you made me smile and I say thank you for the irritating reminder that God's will is perfect for my life! Praise God! Next time you have a "bad day" remember why, and seek Him more and more, and be blessed in your attacks.