BEAUTY FOR ASHES
“As we watch tragic events unfolding,
or more particularly as we experience adversity in ourselves,
we often are prone to ask You; O God, ‘Why?’
The reason we ask is because we do not see
any possible good to us or glory to God that comes
from the particular adverse circumstances
that have come on us or our loved ones.
But God’s wisdom—and God’s glory
Is more eminently displayed
in bringing good out of calamity than out of random blessing
As Bridges notes:
“The wisdom of the chess player is displayed
more in winning over a capable opponent than over a novice.
The wisdom of the general is displayed more
in defeating a superior army
than in subduing an inferior one.”
God’s wisdom is displayed when He brings good to us
and glory to Himself out of confusion and calamity
rather than out of pleasant times.
We have an enemy, the Devil, [who] ‘prowls around
like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour’
1 Peter 5:8
He wants to sift us like wheat as he did Peter
We love You Lord Jesus
We will not curse God as You bring tests and trials
As you allow the ravages of disease,
As You press us with heartache, and disappointment
You only God are able to take all of these elements—
the bad as well as the good—and make full use of every one.
As we face these fiends of hellish plans.
When the ogres of violence and murder oppress
As the demons of disfigurement and deception appear to control world media
Do Your supernatural miraculous work together for good.
Bring Your beauty out of ashes
Turning all the forces of evil that rage against us into good and blessing
Give us Joy in our sorrow
Transform our crippled maimed disfigurements into dancing of ecstasy