Blessing or Disaster?

Does God always protect his people from disaster? Of course not - but he does use difficult circumstances to build our character, to grow our faith, and/or to point us in a new direction.

Almost three years ago my husband went into business with a Christian man that he had known for over twenty years. After just a few short months of working together, it became obvious that this man was a different person at work than he was in public. He had a bad temper, a controlling spirit, and was basically impossible to work with. After much prayer and soul searching my husband ended the partnership and we basically spent every penny we had saved buying our way out of this partnership gone bad.

But God used this trial to help us make a decision to take a huge step of faith in our financial life. This change would not have happened had we not gone into business with this difficult man. It certainly wasn’t any fun to endure the vindictive threats, painful transition, and financial devastation that resulted from this partnership. But in spite of the enemy’s desire to use this circumstance to destroy us, God used it for good in our lives.

My husband and I are both convinced we would have completely missed the blessing that God had in store (and the opportunity to be a blessing to others) had we not gone through this difficult experience. He used it as a catalyst for a life change that would not otherwise have happened.

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. ~ Romans 8:28


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