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Even though 55 million people died in WWII, something good came from it. During the war, medical researchers learned to produce penicillin, and that one drug has saved millions of lives ever since. Good came from the evil of war. This illustrates another amazing development. When Jesus left the earth, he told his followers to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth. They hesitated at first; but one man’s actions triggered an amazing result. That man was Stephen. He had unusual faith, wisdom, and relied heavily on God’s power. Religious radicals tried to debate with him, and when they could not win, they did what many losers often do; they lied on him, found false witnesses to accuse him, put him on trial, convicted him of blasphemy, and stoned him to death. His martyrdom set off persecution. Untold numbers of people suffered and died, most at the hands of one fanatic — Saul of Tarsus. But later, Saul met Jesus on the road to Damascus. Jesus changed his life and commissioned him to be an evangelist. He carried the Gospel to the Roman Empire. But it all started when Stephen stood firm and died out of his loyalty to Christ. Good came from evil. That is why we dare not question God’s wisdom in permitting tragedy today. We do not excuse evil or wicked deeds. But we can count on a righteous God to bring good out of evil in His own time.

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