Matt Coker | @MatthewSCoker
I remember when I first saw the trailer for Bruce Almighty. I was convinced that the movie would be completely blasphemous. However, it was Jim Carrey, so I saw it anyway. It wound up having a very Godly message. Sure, there were some questionable things in the movie, but I think it was an accurate telling of what a sinful man would do if He were to receive God’s Power for a season.
After buying the DVD, I watched the deleted scenes. There was an element to the story that they cut out. It dealt with the idea of why God allowed bad things happen to good people. People who were good, though flawed, were deep in situations that no one would wish to be in. And in the deleted scenes, Bruce saved them from their pain.
In the end, another cut scene showed us that because of what Bruce had done, these people did not become whom they were supposed to. God told Bruce, these people would have become better people, would have done greater things, directly because of what they had gone through.
“Triumph is born out of struggle. Faith is the alchemist. If you want to paint pictures like this, you have to use some dark colors.” –Morgan Freeman (as God)
This is completely Biblical.
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. (Romans 5:3-5 ESV)
Whether it is something you don’t deserve or a punishment for something you did, if you keep your faith and struggle through it, you will come out so much stronger, ready to do great things.
As a failure and a forgiven man of God, I can tell you that it is the truth. I can see how God has been using me in ways I never thought I could be used to reach out and help others who struggling in similar ways. Dark colors paint beautiful pictures.
Matt Coker is the Ministry Director of The Back Row. He is married to a beautiful woman he met when they were both in youth group and they have one mischievous son together. Matt collects Funko Pop figures, loves time travel movies, and enjoys exotic jerky meats. You can contact Matt via the contact page or on Twitter at @MatthewSCoker.