I think sometimes Christian think like Nathanael in John 1:46. We asked ourselves if anything good can come from there. “There” meaning our past. Not all Christian grow-up in the church and even if they did it doesn’t mean they had an easy life growing up. Can anything good come from there? Can we undo the hurt, pain, even some of the evil in our past? Just thinking about can make people feel depressed.
Can anything good come from there? Maybe “there” is something that has happened recently to a Christian. We’re not perfect you know. We make mistakes, huge mistakes. Bad things happen to us too. Sometimes we have a hard time coming back from it. We question who we are. Why did God allow this? How can we fix this?
Can anything good come from there?
There will always be consequences for mistakes; ours, others, our parents’…. Some of us even carry consequences of other people’s mistakes/sins. Some of us will carry those consequences for the rest of our lives. Any action will have consequences good or bad.
But God can use the bad as well as the good. A bad experience can be used to change us for the better and bring us closer to God. Ask yourself what consequences led you to seek God? What consequences keep you in God’s presence? What consequences can bring someone else to God? Maybe our thoughts shouldn’t be so much as Nathanael’s question, “Can anything good come from there?” Maybe we should be more like Philip’s answer, “Come and see.” …….
Come and see what God has done for me.
John 1: 46 & 50 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. ‘Come and see,’ said Philip.”—“Jesus said, ‘You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.’ He then added, ‘Very truly I tell you, you will see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”’