In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him. Ecclesiastes 7:14 ESV
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 ESV
Have you ever taken a hike through an evergreen forest? The cool shade, the smell of pine and fir, and the wind rustling through the branches of the trees make forests a lovely place to spend time. There are animals hiding in the brush or under logs or high in the trees. But sometimes a forest fire strikes. A forest fire is a terrible, devastating thing. It destroys everything in its path–animals, trees, shrubs, and grasses. It seems to leave nothing behind but charred, blackened land. But there is new life and growth after a forest fire. The heat of the fire opens the cones in the evergreen trees and scatters their seeds to the ground. Before long, new trees are sprouting and growing and the forest is renewed with healthy new life. God works through the catastrophe of a forest fire to make everything new again in the forest.
It’s the same way with our lives. Sometimes we have happy, good days when everything seems wonderful. But when we have trouble, we wonder why God allows bad times and problems to come to us, and we wish the happy days would come back. The Bible says that when we are having good days we can be joyful, but when we are having troubles and sad days, we should remember that God has allowed these times to come, too. We never know what life will bring us, and bad times can be a reminder that God is in charge and that we need to leave everything in his hands.
We can learn a good lesson from a forest fire. God works through the destruction of a forest fire, and he also works through the problems in our lives. He promises that he works through everything for the good of his people, and no matter how bad things seem to be we can be sure that God is in control and working for our good. We never need to doubt his love or his care for us, because he showed us that love when he sent Jesus to be our Savior. Jesus died for us to make us God’s children, and he promises to be with us always, no matter what life brings us.
Dear Heavenly Father, help us to trust you through good times and bad times. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.