Archive for February 2010

I Create Evil – Peace in the Middle of Life’s Greatest Trials, Part 3

February 4, 2010

Another foundational principle from God’s Word that will guide our hearts to peace, even as we experience life’s great trials, can be found in Isaiah 45:7:

I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.

God does “all these things,” including the creation of “evil.” We must never forget that everything is about God. Nothing comes into our lives that is not from His hands. He has never lost control of any aspect of His universe. He is the “All in all” (I Corinthians 15:28).

We can see this all the way back in the Garden of Eden. Nothing there took Him by surprise. It all worked together for His purpose. God did not start playing “catch-up” with man’s rebellion. God always has been in the lead. After all, it was God Himself Who planted a garden with two trees; one tree of Life was His creation, and the other tree of Good and Evil was His creation too.

Note so very carefully that “good” and “evil” come from the exact same tree! They both are of divine origin! Adam and Eve looked to the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, while missing the Tree of Life. If we focus on “good” or “evil” we, too, will miss “life.” Divine Life stands apart from good and evil. It is from an entirely different tree!

God created “evil” as a part of His divine plan. It did not “sneak” into His creation; it wasn’t brought into His creation by some other means or creature. He put it there – right in the “midst” (Genesis 2:9). It is at the root of His plan of being “All in all.” As with Pharaoh, “for this cause have I raised you up.” It is truly all about Him!

The “Christian Life” has nothing to do with the human performance of “good” or “evil.” It is rather about the enjoyment of His “Life” living in us, in the “midst” of “good and evil.”

“I the Lord do all these things” can change the way we look at all things, for,

All things are of God (II Corinthians 5:18).

As with the Joseph (“God meant it for good”), it is vital for us to understand that Father has His hands in everything that comes our way. He actively operates in and through every situation. As one reader, Frank Kujawa, writes,

Whatever is said to us, or done to us, is actually being done by God. We can grow with this information. Others (actually God) come into our lives in order to purify us, to make us stronger. This means that whoever is bugging us the most, is exactly the one we need at the time, and we are to thank God for it … So, we see God in all things … And we cannot judge, because in essence we are judging God. And who are we to do that?

We must embrace the fact that Father has a plan, and that He is in absolute control; after all, He is God.

Rest in that.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Daily Email Goodies
© 2010

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God Meant It for Good – Peace in the Middle of Life’s Greatest Trials, Part 2

February 3, 2010

Another foundational principle from the Scriptures that will lead our hearts to peace in the middle of life’s greatest trials can be found in Genesis 50:20:

God meant it unto good.

God’s hand in our lives leaves no place untouched. Even that which seemingly is working against us is used by our Father to fulfill His Own good purpose in our lives.

A powerful example of this is demonstrated in the life of Joseph. His brothers had sold him into slavery. In what would appear to many as a very sad and unfortunate turn of events, Joseph saw a divine appointment: “God meant it for good.”

But as for you, you thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

Do not be discouraged in our severest of trials. Trust God’s steady, unfailing hand in all that we experience – in the “good” as well as in the “evil.” The knowledge that “God meant it for good” can settle the tired heart and bring peace to the worried mind.

And we know that all things work together for good to them who love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

Father has a plan, He is in control. Rest in that.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Daily Email Goodies
© 2010

The Law of Circularity – Peace in the Middle of Life’s Greatest Trials, Part 1

February 3, 2010

Man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward (Job 5:7).

Life is hard. It is hard by design. It is hard by the design of God.

Living the divine-life is about trusting God’s hand in all that we experience – in the “good” as well as in the “bad.” It is about the full confidence of His Godhood and His abundant love for us.

In the next few days we will think of a few foundational principles from the Scriptures that lead our hearts to peace in the middle of life’s greatest trials.

First, there is the law of circularity from Romans 11:36:

Out of Him and through Him and for Him is all: to Him be the glory for the eons! Amen! (Concordant Literal Translation)

Here is the simple, glorious truth of this verse in a nutshell:

All is out of God.
All is through God.
All is for God.

The knowledge that all is out of God, that all is through God, and that all is for God can settle the weary heart and bring peace to the troubled mind. Father is in control. Rest in that.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Daily Email Goodies
© 2010


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