Friday, January 14, 2011

Making the Most of Gross Things

Our blog group has some interesting and challenging topics. As I thought about this week’s subject, I remembered a verse we were studying at our Wednesday Bible study from Isaiah 14:11, “All your pomp has been brought down to the grave, along with the noise of your harps; maggots are spread out beneath you and worms cover you.” This verse is talking about the judgment God will bring upon Babylon for their wickedness. Of course, when you reside in the grave, maggots and worms will be your company! As we read it we talked about how gross that would be.

But the truth is, this reality came upon Babylon by their own wrong behavior. And the truth is, many of the “gross” and messy things in our lives happen because of our bad choices. How are we to make the most of the “gross things” in our lives? The truth is, it is difficult on our own, but with God’s help it can happen. As we are told in 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.” God can take the gross and messy parts of our lives and bring good out of it!

This whole concept can sound trite. It can seem like just a pleasant thought that isn’t reality. But those of us who have walked in this truth, and trusted God, have seen God do great and wonderful things in and through our lives in the midst of the struggles we have experienced. Relationships are restored; financial struggles fixed; gloom turned to joy…and on it goes.

To make the most of gross things we really need to give them to the Lord, and trust that God will act. This is a truth that is real. Sincerely believe, and you will see. Blessings.