The other day, I read the testimony of a seasoned minister who recently recovered from a severe case of covid. It was the most miserable that he had ever felt in his life, he reported. And yet, when he was diagnosed with the disease, he got excited. The reason for this, he explained, was that he knew that God was going to do something wonderful through it… which is exactly what happened. Throughout his illness, he felt the Lord’s presence in an exquisitely close way, closer than he ever had experienced before.
I was amazed by his perspective. To get excited upon receiving a covid diagnosis? Holy Spirit used his story to breathe fresh life into this verse for me: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds…” (James 1:2, NIV). Frankly, I needed this refresher. In my own life, the hits have been coming hard lately. So… I receive this perspective shift from Holy Spirit! How about you, my friend? Are you needing this too? Well, I’ll tell you this. Everything that you and I are facing right now is a setup for God to do something marvelous for us.
A big part of the reason for this is simply God’s nature. It’s in the essence of His character to take the bad things that happen to us and transform them into something exceedingly good for us. He will always, always make up for the way that we suffer with overwhelmingly more goodness than what we have lost. What He does with it will be exceedingly greater on the “good scale” than the suffering was on the “bad scale.” That’s just who He is.
Daddy God also wants to remind us that we cannot outgive Him. The more you give to Him, the more He cannot contain Himself, and He pours out even more goodness on you – that good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over – He pours it right into your lap from His overflowing heart. This principle applies in the area of your devotion to Him through painful trials. When you give to Him your faithfulness, even when you are enduring severe adversity, He just can’t help Himself. He receives that as worship, and His heart overflows. In response, His goodness spills over to you in abundance.
Also consider this. Justice is an essential part of His nature too. Taking what has been done wrong and making it right is an expression of His very being. That is why the Psalms exclaim, “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne” (Ps. 97:2, NKJV). Justice is one of the main components of His throne, of the way He rules the universe. Just as He established physical laws like gravity to govern physical reality, He established spiritual laws that govern spiritual reality. And one of them is this: He will always turn what tried to hurt His kids into something that brings them immeasurable blessing. He will always make it up to you and me, with goodness beyond what we could ask or imagine.
So… are you facing something really hard right now? There really is legitimate reason to get excited. He cannot deny His name; His very nature. Get ready for an overflow of His extravagance up ahead!
Have you ever gotten excited when something painful was happening to you, because you knew God was going to do something amazing with it?