When it dawns on you that you truly are the temple of the Holy Spirit, and that He lives and walks in you, you begin to see all life from God’s point of view. You are no longer hung up on good and evil as absolutes. You begin to see that the human situation, or what some call the “facts” of life, is nothing but God’s necessary prerequisite for His Self-revelation. So you are always looking for God in every situation. As Jesus said, if your eye is single your whole body is full of light. You are full of light because you see only One person operating in all of life’s situations. But as long as you are asking, “Is this good? Is this bad?” you are in darkness. To call it God if it looks good, and to say it isn’t God if it looks bad, is darkness.
God has met me three times in my life with great truths, and I was in hell all three times! He had to get me into hell before He could show me something about Himself. It’s the aggravating situations in life that get our attention. But they are not absolutes. They are merely God’s calling-card.
I don’t know of one single occasion when Jesus got up off His straw pallet in the morning, stretched, and said, “Oh, I feel so good today, I think I’ll do a dozen miracles.” But sometimes that’s the way we act. We’re going to get up today to do something for someone. He may not ask us to do it, but we’re going out to do good deeds. Jesus never did that. He never went out to do a single good deed. The situation of need drew forth the action. If there had never been a need, there would never have been a miracle. There had to be a negative to draw forth the positive. There has to be evil so that we can see God’s love for us.
By Dan Stone