The Sprout from the Flood

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1 Peter 1:6-7 (NLT)
6So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. 7These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

2 Corinthians4:16-17 (NIV)
16Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

Philippians 1:12-14 (NIV)
12Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. 13As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. 14And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.

Reflect

  Paul’s life is a great example of how good things come from bad things. Paul was on his way to Damascus, intent on killing more Christians, when Jesus’s light blinded him. This was a turning point for Paul and a blessing for all those he would meet.

  Good things can come from bad things. Just because a situation seems bad does not mean the end result will be bad. Paul said that what had happened to him was for the purpose of advancing the gospel. He was in prison, for no certain reason other than people thinking he was a liar. But even then, he saw that his brothers and sisters in Christ were growing more confident as they proclaimed the gospel without fear. They were emboldened by his predicament and were ready for the same persecution he endured.

  Remember the key point of this devotion: Good things can come from bad things. A seed can sprout from a flood that killed many. The sprout can be provision for hungry travelers looking to make a church. That church could lead hundreds to salvation. The good can come right away or it might come later. We may never recognize it, but God works for good in all situations.

Respond

  I encourage you to think of bad situations you have endured. What good came of them? How did God use them to strengthen you or others? How might God be working through whatever you are facing right now?

The author is a middle school student from Michigan.

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