Many of us have had personal disappointments that we later recognize were acts of grace. But in the midst of difficult circumstances, it feels impossible that God could transform something bad into something good.
Paul was in prison; his enemies were making his life even harder. Yet Paul was able to rejoice because he knew that a sovereign God is using these circumstances to spread the gospel. Paul also trusted that God will use those same circumstances to deliver him.
What gave Paul such confidence? Jesus Christ. On the cross, Jesus looked like a total failure. Yet what seemed like utter defeat was the means by which God purchased our redemption. If God can redeem even the cross, what can keep him from redeeming the circumstances of your life?
God is working through your circumstances to accomplish something greater than you can imagine.
Recall a time when God transformed your failure or disappointment into something good.