great principles of victorious Christian service which God has been
teaching us in our morning headquarters meetings has been the true
method of facing, handling and using for good all forms of adversity,
all experiences of what we call evil--shocks, suffering, difficulty,
disasters, unjust treatment.
The first key, put in a sentence, has been this: that our "evils" are
never the happenings in themselves, but the effect we allow them to have
upon us. No matter whether objectively an experience is apparently good
or evil, subjectively, to the one who fears and doubts, all is evil; to
the one who trusts, all is good.
To all appearances Calvary was Satan-engineered ("Satan entered into
Judas"); but Peter later confirmed his Master's attitude by the
inspiration of the Holy Ghost, when he declared, "Him being delivered by
the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God."
But the adventure of adversity goes even far deeper than this. When seen
in its true perspective, it is found to be the doorway into God's most
transcendent secret--that adversities and sufferings, which in their
origin are the effects of sin and instruments of the devil, in the grasp
of faith become REDEMPTIVE. They are transfigured from the realm of
merely something to be endured as an opposition of Satan, to something
to be used to conquer their author and redeem his victims. Faith in
times of adversity makes the serpent swallow itself! Once again the
supreme proof of this is that when Satan made his fiercest attack in
history on the person of Christ, God used that attack through the faith
and endurance of the Sufferer, to bring about the world's salvation. God
uses evil to bring about good.
If God's gifts are our blessings, and the devil's assaults are also our
blessings, what remains to harm or depress us? If good is good and evil
is equally good to the enlightened, then a realm of life is entered
where we rejoice always, in everything give thanks, and in all things
are more than conquerors.
from World Conquest magazine: Mar/Apr 1938