July 3, 2013

Worship Wednesday: "Aftermath" by Hillsong United

I heard a song on the radio this week that really made me...well, think.

The song is "Aftermath" by Hillsong United (listen below), and basically, it talks about the irony that Jesus died so we could live.

According to Webster's, the word aftermath means "consequence, result" and also "the period immediately following a usually ruinous event."

Jesus's death on the cross -- His sacrifice for us -- would definitely be deemed by most as a ruinous event. It should have been. He was mocked, beaten, scarred. He died.

But because of all that -- and because He rose again -- the period following that ruinous event meant a consequence, a result, far better than any other ruinous event that has ever occurred.

Death for life. As the song says, we are found in the aftermath.

We are a result of the most ruinous event in history -- as is our eternal life, our hope, everything good in this world.

It's what amazes me most about God. He can turn what was meant for evil into something good. And not just something good -- but life itself.

Only He has that power. And only He can we worship.

Take a listen and be blessed.

Your Turn: When has God turned bad into good in your life or the life of someone you know?

*Melissa Tagg is hosting me and a few other writer friends on her blog today. We're talking about the story ideas we came up with while brainstorming together last week and what having close writer friends has meant to us! Come say hi!


  1. It's funny--at work yesterday we were talking about God taking what someone meant for evil and turning it into good. A friend's husband basically lived out Joseph's story in the Bible. Seriously, the similarities are crazy. Anyway, the song you mentioned and the God-meant-it-for-good angle especially resonated with me because of that conversation yesterday. :)

    1. I love it when God reiterates something over and over!

  2. So many of Joel Houston's songs just wreck me. I love really *hearing* and being affected by a song I've heard a thousand times before :)

    1. Yes, yes, yes!! Same here. Music affects me so much.

  3. There are so many examples in my life of when something that was meant for evil turned into good. I love your reflection here, Lindsay. I love that the most ruinous event in history is the greatest news of salvation for the entire world. How awesome is our God!