God could have let Abraham stay in the comfort of Ur, and Moses in the splendour of Pharaoh's courts. He could have kept Daniel out of the lions' den, Nehemiah out of captivity, Jonah out of the whale, John the Baptist away from Herod, Esther from being threatened, Jeremiah from being rejected and Paul from being shipwrecked. But He didn't. In fact, God used each of these trials to bring them closer to Himself - to produce perseverance, character and hope.
It's said, 'The school of hard knocks produces the greatest scholars.' And guess who the teacher is? Adversity! You either face it with God, or without Him. And those without God are watching you. When they see your faith sustain you and God bring you through, they'll get interested in what you have to say.
Genesis 50:20 NLT
You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.
- Bob Gass