I hold to a Christian world view. I believe in a world that includes and I see how He is involved in our world and the lives of people. That doesn’t mean I think everything in the world happens according to His will. Evil is real, people make choices and sin has ruined almost everything. However, I see right in the midst of the corruption God’s redemptive work. Such a dichotomy! So, when I see bad things happen, it affirms my worldview and causes me to look for God’s answer and my role. I am not discouraged by the suffering, instead I see myself as one small part of God’s response to it. Joseph grasped this great truth in what theologians call the Genesis 50:20 Principle. I wonder if you see the world and yourself the same way?
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. So therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” So he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. Genesis 50:20-21 NASB
What difficulty has come my way at the hands of other people? How has God redeemed me? How involved in His redemptive plan am I right now?
God, You are able to do such amazing and wonderful and purposeful miracles in our lives. Today I am thinking about friends suffering greatly. And I am asking You O God to be very real and present with them. You have been so very faithful and gracious to me God. If there is some redemptive work You are about, would you please include me as Your willing and available servant.