What The Enemy Meant For Evil

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The enemy’s job description is publicly defined. Everyone should know that he only comes to steal, kill and destroy. (John 10:10) The Bible refers to the enemy as ‘the thief’ he is always up to no good. We are also told that he prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8) This is not supposed to scare anyone; rather, we are to be alert because we are always under attack. The devil is restlessly trying to make us fall from the right track; he has set up snares waiting for us to trip and fall.  When he sees, greatness, his kingdom is threatened and he comes with tricks and snares to make us loose our focus. But here is the good news: The weapons that he has fashioned against you shall not prosper, because God is our shield.

God has a way of taking all that the enemy brings our way and turning it into something beautiful. He is known to take painful situations and using them for His glory. He is good at using the enemy’s tactics to catapult us into the next level. Once upon a time I was discouraged and alone, I thought the best thing was to take away my life, because I couldn’t dream any more. But God used that very embarrassing shameful situation to open doors for me to go to school, to have a new hope and even heal from past pain. Sometimes I thank God for my past pain, I thank Him that He allowed it to happen, because it turned out for my good and for His glory. It also gives me courage in the present challenges, that God will turn everything for my good.

Every time I look at Joseph, the dreamer, I see the enemy trying to attack his dream through his brothers. He brought discouragement, pain, betrayal, temptations, hurt and injustice, but Joseph kept honouring God. Whatever was meant for his destruction, God turned it for his good. The journey was harsh. I keep wondering if I would have made it if I was in Joseph’s shoes, if I would have persevered that much, and kept my eyes on the promise. Even when the promise was fulfilled, he was still willing to forgive his brothers, because everything worked out for his good.

As much as God is in control and is ready to make everything turn out for our good, we need to also keep our eyes on Him. We need to honour Him and obey His word.  We also need to trust in His direction and in His presence through the trials and tribulations. Maybe you have been treated unfairly, or gone through a rough patch in life: I pray that all these that the enemy has brought your way, God will use it for your good. That painful experience will work for you, that attack will be turned into a blessing. Don’t give up on your dream, your job description is also defined, ‘love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind and with all your strength’


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