There was a landowner who owned quite an expanse of land, and among his acreage, he had trees which were breathtakingly beautiful. One in particular stood out amongst the rest.
This landowner had a great enemy who desired more than anything to hurt the landowner. After many attempts and days on end of trying to come up with ways to hurt this man, the enemy decided that the best way to hurt the landowner was to cut down the tree which meant so much to him. He knew the landowner was so very proud of all of his trees, but this one tree was his greatest joy.
The enemy worked diligently all night sawing away at this tree. Around about morning, as the landowner was coming out to gaze at his trees of beauty and admire God’s creation, the enemy picked up his pace in cutting down this marvelous tree as he only had a few strokes left. As the tree began to tether and sway, a large branch fell off and pinned the enemy underneath. He could not move to escape what was evident. He was going to die at his own hands.
As the landowner came closer and realized what was transpiring, he said to the enemy, “What you meant for my harm, God has used for my favor. You see, I have an architect who is designing a home for me. The only thing in the way of the construction of this home is this marvelous tree. I came out today to say good-bye as it is scheduled to be removed. Your desire to destroy and hurt me God has used for His glory.”
Do you see the underlying scene taking place in this story? When God said that He would use the work of the enemy for our favor, in essence He is using it for His glory. No matter what the evil one feels he is doing to harm us and have his way, God already has a purpose for using that evil to bring about good.
Has Satan allowed you to feel his sting this week? I have certainly felt it. The evil one has been lurking at my family’s doorstep recently, and what he thinks was his mighty blow against us yesterday is only being used for God’s glory. God already has a plan in effect and someday we will see the good come out of this. I do not know how it is all going to play out. I know we have some turbulent weather ahead to overcome ... there will be pain ... there will be discomfort ... there will be tears! Ultimately, however, there will be joy and overcoming. I pray we see the end result here on earth, but if not, then we will on the other side. It does not matter which side of heaven the victory is had. What should stand out in your life and give you such great encouragement is that victory is guaranteed. As a believer and someone who seeks His face, we are victorious always! We are never defeated. We are beaten down ... we are taunted ... we are seemingly destroyed, but in the final chapter, we are winners if we are on His side.
Pray for me today, and I promise I am praying for you!