God’s creative, powerful words brought forth all creation and after each He declared, “It is good!” Then God’s hands formed and shaped man in His own image and He breathed His very breath into his nostrils and Adam became the first human.
Then God brought all the animals to Adam so he could name them, but among the animals no suitable helper was found for Adam. Adam was alone; the first thing Adam heard God declare was not good.
God’s response: “It is not good that man should be alone;”
This seems to a problem, but God doesn’t make mistakes!
God intended good to come from this first problem!
Adam realized that all the animals had a suitable helper, yet none of them were suitable for him. Perhaps God allowed Adam to experience the “not good” of loneliness, and incompleteness so he would fully appreciate the “very good” He had yet to provide. God created man for fellowship; God enjoys and longs for relationship! God and Adam had a good relationship as they walked and talked together in the garden.
It was beautiful and satisfying, but God intended something else “very good” for Adam!
God intended something else “very good” for Him!
God intended a suitable helper, also created in His image, that would fully complete Adam, and whom Adam would fully complete!
And together they would complete the plans and purposes of God here on earth!
“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it;” Genesis 1:27-28
“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” Genesis 2:24
The problems we face in life aren’t intended to be seen as mistakes. When we have a relationship with God, and walk and talk with Him every day, the problems we face are intended to show us something else that is “very good!” They hold within them the “very good” God intends from them if we yield ourselves to Him and trust Him to do what He alone can do. As God brought forth Eve from Adam’s rib, we must submit to God and allow Him to miraculously create and completely provide what we could never accomplish on our own. When the “very good” becomes a reality in our lives and we embrace what God provided we will realize it was worth it! And it will strengthen our faith to face another problem down the road of life.
Job went through many problems when Satan asked to test his loyalty and love of God. Was Job loyal to God and love Him because was wealthy and healthy, or was it because of who God is?
Jesus faced some problems in the wilderness when Satan tempted Him three times, but each one was a test of Jesus’ loyalty and love for His Father.
Satan asked to sift Peter as wheat, and the problems he faced tested his loyalty and love for Jesus.
Each of these problems had different situations, yet they all had a similar purpose, to test loyalty and love of God.
And each was intended to increase faith and fulfill a greater destiny!
Whatever “not good” you may be facing today, may you choose to see it as an opportunity to prove your loyalty and love of God. Let it be what draws you near to God to know His truth, to see how awesome He is, and to repent of any ways you haven’t trusted or loved Him as you should. For in every “not good” situation, God has something “very good” intended to increase your faith and propel you into a greater destiny!
Job saw the incredible power and love of God in ways he had never seen before and bowed down in awe and repentance, and after praying for his friends God added to him double all that he had lost!
Jesus resisted temptation by using the true words of God, proving His loyalty to God, and afterwards the angels of God came and ministered to His needs. Then Jesus began His three years of powerful ministry.
Peter did deny Jesus, but afterwards Jesus revealed His power and love by filling his fishing nets to over flowing and gave Peter the chance to prove his loyalty and love for Him. Peter went on to become a powerful preacher and writer of the love and truth of the Good News of the gospel!
The results of the “not good” situations in life are intended to increase your faith and propel you into greater ministry for the kingdom of God!