One morning I woke up thinking about a couple. They have been married for several years now, however, when they were first married, it seemed like it would never last. Yet several years later they feel they are with the love of their life – even though it was not that way in the beginning.
As I thought about this couple, I thought ‘wow, God really knows how to make lemonade!’

You know the saying I am talking about…if life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

I began to think about this concept and realized that it was scriptural. We see this most prominently in the life of Joseph. Wow, talk about God making lemonade from lemons. He was almost killed by his brothers, sold into slavery, went to prison, the list went on and on and it seemed that no good could come of what was happening in his life. But God.

In Genesis 50 we see Joseph himself saying ‘I know you meant to harm me, but God has turned it for my good and not only for my good but for your good as well.’

I just love how God does that, don’t you? We see it over and over in the Bible, when a situation occurs that seems will end with no good thing yet without fail, God takes something seemingly bad and brings good out of it.

In Philippians 1:10-11, Paul said something I thought was profound. He was talking about all the things he had been through, he was in chains, beaten and tormented but he said it would turn out for the furtherance of the gospel. He said, ‘For I know this will turn out for my deliverance, through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, according to my earnest expectation and hope.’

Although I have never been through even close to what Paul was, I have endured some hardships and losses that were devastating to me. However, I found that God caused the very thing meant for my harm to bring deliverance to me in a way I would not have imagined. I found that as I was forced to seek Him more diligently, to pursue His peace like never before that it brought me to a place of knowing God in a different way than I could have if I had not been through that challenge. God really does make lemonade from lemons and He expects us to do the same thing, but how is that possible?

Just like Paul said…through prayer and the Spirit of Jesus. When we go through tough times, we can’t take our eyes off God, it is a time to keep our eyes on God like never before. The Bible promises us that when we keep our mind stayed upon Him, we will remain in peace, shalom, nothing broken or missing. That is reason enough to keep our eyes on Him and not on what is going on around us.

There is another key to be found in the scripture concerning Paul. He said, ‘according to my earnest expectation and hope.’

What are you expecting the outcome to be?

What are you hoping the outcome will be? Hoping is not wishing, hoping is an immovable expectation that God will do what He promised He would do. He promised He would turn it for your good. He promised no weapon formed against you would prosper. He promised if you are faithful in little, He will make you ruler over much. He promised that He would bring you out into a wealthy place. These are His promises…but what are you expecting? As for me, my hope is in the Lord, and I know He will do exactly what He said He would do, He will take all the lemons life throws at me and make me a lemonade that will satisfy my deepest thirst…that’s what I know…how about you?

Prayer for Today: Father, I thank you for making something GOOD from everything that comes into my life, both positive and negative…for you are a faithful God. I give you praise, in Jesus name. Amen.