Adversity in Life, Why?
Everyone has adversity, trials, affliction and sorrow in their life, Most think their hard times are worse than anyone else has to endure. And some peoples are harder than others. No one likes adversity in their life. Christians are not exempt from adversity or hard times, regardless of what they hear some preachers say. Let's explore all of this and see what we can find about Christians and adversity in God's Word. Perhaps what we find will explain why Christians have hard times and will give them peace about their situation.
Adversity means misfortune, suffering, grief, sorrow, anguish, hard times, etc. Adversity can also mean trial, tribulation and affliction.
It seems we humans always need to blame something or someone for the hardships in our lives. Somestimes we bring these on ourselves, sometimes it is the economic situation, but even then most Christians blame the devil. I hear Christians saying the devil is destroying their lives, their marriage, their finances, etc. What this tells me is that they don't believe God can take care of His children.
I sincerely believe that if a Christian is living for God, has placed Him first in their lives, above all their wants and desires and are willing to follow Him, then and only then, with God's permission, can the devil do anything in their lives. And there will be a good reason when God allows this. I believe God's Word will confirm this. The Bible declares in Matt. 6:33,
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things (your needs) shall be added unto you."
Let's establish here that God is not Santa Claus and may not supply all your wants, but He does promise to supply your needs. Phil. 4:19.
My husband drives a pickup, but a few years ago I was driving a car that was quite old and we had spent tons of money on it, so one day I said, "Lord, you have someone that can give me a car." Then I forgot it and about six months later a friend said she was going to give me her car. The doctor said she could not drive anymore. She gave me her car which was about ten years old but only had 16 thousand miles on it. Hallelujah!! You see, I had a need, but God did not give me a new car, but one that was like new, with hardly any mileage.
The Bible also declares in Colossians 3:1-3,
"If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God."
As far as God is concerned, once Christians have accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord, they are His children and their life is now hid with Christ in God and the devil cannot do anything to them unless he first goes through the throne room and gets God's permission. Oh, the devil might hinder or interfere in something you want to do. Sometimes the devil tries to torment in our minds, but we don't have to listen to that. Once the devil hindered the Apostles from going some place.
Let's continue with our message. First Peter 1:6-7 says, "Wherein ye greatly rejoice though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ."
Christians are heavy of spirit, body and soul when they are going through heavy temptations. These temptations here in First Peter means to examine or show proof of your faith, which is more precious and more valuable than gold. Faith tried in a fire hot enough to refine gold will be found to be a glorious thing when Jesus comes again.
Revelation 3:15-18a tells us the same thing. Jesus is talking to the church of the Laodiceans. God is very serious about this thing called faith. This learning to trust Jesus is crucial as far as the Holy Spirit is concerned. Let's see what Jesus is telling the Laodiceans.
"I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich:..."
This is the same thing Peter is talking about. Your faith is tried through numerous trials and hardships. When Christians go through these God is stretching their faith. Just like a muscle in your body gets stronger through exercise. Your faith gets stronger the same way.
Jesus says in John 15:1&2,
"I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit."
Faith is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Here Jesus says if Christians do not grow fruit or faith they will be cut off the vine and destroyed in the fires of hell. However, if you grow the fruit of faith, then God, The Father, will purge you with trials and hardships so you can grow more faith. Doesn't sound like much fun, does it? It isn't, but once you get to the place you can trust Jesus for almost anything, it is a wonderful thing. It is worth all the tests, trials and hardships. The peace one has in their spirit is also priceless.
Let me explain something here. I don't know if anyone reading this message has ever seen a hybrid rosebush left unattended, without food, water or care. When this happens the hybrid rosebush returns to its wild stage. With no trimming the limbs grow real long and sparce. Without food or water the blossoms are tiny and nor very pretty. Christians don't want to be like this concerning their faith life.
If anyone reading this message is weighed down with hardships and you think you cannot make it another day. I am here to tell you, "Yes, You can." I have been there and done that. I am God's child and I expect Him to take care of me. It might not be the way I would like it, but He will take care of me. I have seen Him do it too many times to doubt Him.
Commit youself and all you have into God's hands. If you can do this you will be able to make giant steps in your faith walk with God. God loves you more than you can even imagine. If you are His child, I believe He will take care of you, too.
John said in chapter 3, verse 30,
He (Jesus) must increase, but I must decrease."
I wish for you faith and strength to grow spiritually as you walk with God
God Bless You!
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