We learn from Bible characters how we face situations in life that have the potential for danger and potential for Godly purpose. Romans 8:28 tells us, “And we know that all things work together for good, to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”
The words “all things” include all things and anything that can happen to believers. It can be any experience good or bad, but it will work together for good. Our whole life can hang on that one verse. Every situation in life has the potential of fulfilling a great purpose of God. I want to show several Bible characters who had situations with life changing consequences.
1. Cain, the first son born to the first couple in the Bible. Gen. 4:1-16 He was the first teenager; he was the first oldest sibling. He had no roll models. What we see in him is the first case of “sibling rivalry.” He was told by God that if he brought the proper offering, he would be accepted and he would be head over Abel. That was not hard to do, but Cain would have to humble and follow the correct lead of Abel, but pride and jealousy ruled his heart and rather than do the right thing, he murdered his brother. The oldest sibling has the privilege and responsibility to set the pace and the good example for the younger. You are your brother’s keeper.
2. Jephthah in Judges 11:1-11 had a bad situation. He was the son of a harlot, and he was cast out of the family and the inheritance, being hated by his half-brothers. There had gathered around him a group of vain persons, people with no purpose, possibly some who came from similar backgrounds. But in time the same brothers who kicked him out came to him for help, no doubt having heard about him being a real man. Notice in vs. 11 that he is praying. Take special note of this: Being the son of a harlot is not important when you are a child of God.
3. Ruth in Ruth 1:1-19 had a bad situation. She was a young woman, widowed at a young age. This is hard. Naomi is sympathetic and tries to get her to follow her sister-in-law back to their people, however, she refuses. Read vs. 16-17 and notice how she survived the situation. Little did she know that one decision would lead to her being King David’s Great Grandmother.
4. Mephibosheth in 2 Samuel 9:1-13 had a bad situation. He was lame in both his feet and had been forgotten. King David asked if there were any left of the house of Saul. He was told about Mephibosheth and brought him to the palace and gave him the land of his fathers back. He even put someone over it to care for it and bring the fruits to him. His situation was helpless, and ours is as well. We are just like him…we need the Lord to do for us what nobody can do.
Cain was heartless; Ruth was headless, (without her husband); Jephthah was homeless; and Mephibosheth was helpless.
You can survive your situation; a broken home; a broken relationship; a broken heart; a broken life. When it seems no one cares for you, just remember, the Lord cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 Read as well Psalm 142