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Thinking Right When Things Go Wrong

Trust God’s promise to turn all bad things into things that are good for us in the end

Things Gone Wrong Can Be Good
God’s Good Work

Scripture Reading: Acts 15:36-41

Key Verse: Romans 8:28
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Anytime we hear about or experience a sharp disagreement, that usually spells trouble!

The word “sharp” describes a level of intensity that a normal disagreement does not produce. Today’s Scripture Reading describes just that, a sharp disagreement between Paul and Barnabas.

What were the other leaders of the early church thinking while this was going on? I wonder if they thought that when Paul and Barnabas split up, the church would collapse. I wonder how many eavesdroppers were judging these men harshly and gossiping about the disunity in the church. We do not know the answers to these questions, but we do know that God stepped into this situation and brought about good!

God developed two missionary teams, rather than one, to further His kingdom. Acts 15:39-41 reports:

They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus, but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the believers to the grace of the Lord. He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.

God brought good out of this sharp dispute!

Are you going through a tough season of life right now? Does it seem like everything (or the most important things) have gone wrong? Let me challenge you to claim today’s Key Verse. Trust God’s promise to turn all bad things into things that are good for us in the end.

Believe for a happy ending to an unhappy experience. Whether it is a relationship gone wrong, a health issue, or a financial disaster, God is in the business of taking things that have gone wrong and turning them into good!

Father, I am disappointed in the way things seem to be heading right now. Today I will practice trusting You to do a good work in all things. In Jesus’s Name, amen.