Sometimes in order to see the good in a bad situation, we need to broaden our perspective (Genesis 50:20; Romans 8:28).
When Paul found himself unjustly imprisoned for his faith, instead of focusing on his problems and limitations, he said,"What has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel" (Philippians 1:12).
1. He used his adversity to share Christ in a new place (prison) - 1:13.
2. His perseverance inspired others to act - 1:14.
3. Even those with wrong motives were motivated to preach Christ - 1:15-18. This was a double bad used for good.
4. His situation encouraged prayer - 1:19.
5. His faith grew - 1:20-21.
Sometimes we cannot identify the good in an adversity, and we must just trust God. But we should always ask God if we need a broader perspective so, like Paul, we can rejoice in God's "hidden" purposes.