DayBreaks for 8/14/15: Building Good Out of Evil
From the DayBreaks archive, 2005:
Genesis 50:20 – As far as I am concerned, God turned into good what you meant for evil. He brought me to the high position I have today so I could save the lives of many people.
If you were going to be the architect and builders of the structures that will replace the fallen World Trade Towers, what kind of materials would you put in the foundation? I don’t mean whether you’d put cement and steel, but what kind of quality would you look for to put into the foundation? What goes into the foundation is absolutely vital. The foundation holds up the entire weight of the building and the stability of the structure rests on it. If you were smart, you’d get the best stuff that money could buy to pour into the foundation.
The same would seemingly be true for our lives. The weight of our life and the stability depend on the foundation we have in life. What you put into the foundation will determine how you weather storms, attacks and the process of wear and tear through aging. But there’s one problem: the raw material we have to work with (our humanness) isn’t very promising foundation material. In fact, we need to throw our humanness out so it can be replaced by Godliness and holiness and righteousness.
But still, in a sense, we must work with what we have. Paul Tournier wrote: “The most wonderful thing in this world is not the good that we accomplish, but the fact that good can come out of the evil that we do. I have been struck, for example, by the numbers of people who have been brought back to God under the influence of a person to whom they had some imperfect attachment…Our vocation is, I believe, to build good out of evil. For if we try to build good out of good, we are in danger of running out of raw material.”
Anyone can take what is already good and build something good around it. It takes a miracle of God to build something good out of evil. Pray for His miracles in your life that you will become a home fit for the King!
PRAYER: We are very flawed material, Father, but how amazing that You can build good out of evil creatures! Help us to also see what good potential lies in everyone around us! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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