Often times when things come from God, they are good and we feel good about it. We may say, “God’s definitely blessed me, praise God.” When bad things come, we seldom say, “God has cursed or afflicted me this day, bless His Name.”
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We are people who more readily take the good from God’s hand and not the bad. Nevertheless, both good and bad proceed from God, at the end of the day, we are His children and must receive what it is He has for us.
Our children receive from us what we give, and we must do similar towards God. I mean, what can we do with a judgment from the Lord?
When a bad judgment was pronounced agains King Hezekiah’s sons, Hezekiah responded saying, “Good is the word of the LORD which thou hast spoken. For there shall be peace and truth in my days (Isaiah 38:8).”
The Thing Proceedeth from the Lord
Hezekiah had a way of taking a negative and turning it into a positive because it had to be good if the thing proceedeth from the Lord. It is a strange way to look at things, because some things in our lives appear bad, yet they came from God.
In the scripture I’m looking at today, Abraham sent his servant back to his hometown of Mesopotamia, to seek a wife for his son Isaac. The servant was given instructions, but was nervous. Upon reaching Mesopotamia, the servant prayed to God to make clear his trip and outcome.
He wanted God to send the woman to him gift wrapped with a bow. That is exactly what God did; God rolled Rebekah to the servant as if it were out of a dream. The servant then was relaying the story to everyone of Rebekah’s family and their response was, “the thing proceedeth from the Lord.”
In fact here is the rest of the scripture:
50 Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from the Lord: we cannot speak unto thee bad or good.
They said the thing proceeds from GOD, and we cannot speak good or bad of it because, “it is, what it is, and it is from the Lord.” I’m sure they were not 1000-percent happy with it because they would be losing a daughter/sister, a humble helper in the household, and more.
Nevertheless, they were happy for their daughter/sister because she was getting married, and in these days women were 5000x more excited they were getting married and starting a family than they are today.
The Thing Proceedeth from the Lord Good or Bad
They couldn’t speak good or bad on it because it came from God. There are scriptures we read that we may not have much feelings for my friend, but we have to deal with it, neither speaking good or bad on it because the thing proceedeth from the Lord.