“Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.” — 1 Corinthians 3:13
Ever noticed that every time something bad happens we are quick to give the devil credit for it?
I heard about a man who loved God and thought only good stuff came from God and bad from the devil. He was moving a one-piece shower stall in the back of a pickup and decided he would ride in back to keep it from blowing out. To his surprise he and the shower stall were blown out of truck onto a major highway.
Scratched up and bruised he was asked what happened? He was quick to say the devil had attacked him. Sometimes it’s our own sense of reasoning that gets us in trouble.
We also give God credit every time something good happens.
Good and evil depends on who’s eyes your looking through. Remember God asked the devil if he noticed his servant Job and how faithful he was? The devil replied that if he would take his hands of protection away that Job would curse God to his face. God said do what you want, just spare his life. Job was faithful and passed the test, even though God told him to gird himself up like a man and give account for his actions.
God allows bad things to happen to good people. The question should not be why do bad things happen to me? It should be what is God trying to show me?
So remember next time you try and give the devil credit, he had to get permission from God. You may go through some tests to try your faith. There are two types of people, those who accept God’s gift of salvation and those who ignore it. We live in world of good and evil and you can control who you decide to live for.
“Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the Lord are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.” — Hosea 14:9
Jerry Huff is a pastor with Cornerstone Bible Church.