by Samuel Burgess

God Can Turn Your Bitterness into Sweetness
Sammy Burgess
Exodus 15:22-27

John Piper said: "When things are bad, that does not mean that God has stopped doing good. It means that He is shifting things around to get them in place for more good, if you will go on loving Him."

[I believe that there are only 2 types of circumstances in the life of the believer:]

1. There are those things you can change: This presents little or no problems in your life.
2. There are those things you cannot change but you wish you could: These present a major problem in your life.

A man by the name of Morris had just been hired as the new CEO of a large high tech corporation. The CEO who was stepping down met Morris privately and presented him with 3 envelops…with numbers #1--#2--#3. The CEO told Morris to open envelops starting at #1 if he ran into any trouble.

Things went along very smoothly for the first 6 months, but shortly after the 6th month, sales took a downturn and Morris was really catching the heat. About at his wits end the remembered the envelopes. He opened envelop #1…it said; "Blame your predecessor." Morris called a press conference and tactfully laid the blame at the feet of the previous CEO. Satisfied with his comments, the press and Wall Street responded positively…sales began to pick up and the problem was soon behind him.

About a year later, the company was again experiencing a slight dip in sales…combined with serious product problems. Having learned from his previous experience, the CEO quickly opened the second envelope. The message read; "Reorganize". Morris did, and the company quickly rebounded.
After several consecutive profitable quarters, the company once again fell on difficult times. Morris went to his office; closed the door and opened the third envelope. The message said; "Prepare 3 envelopes."

There will be things that will take place in your life that you have no control over…no matter how dili ...

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