Why Do We Experience Adversity?
In my devotional this morning is centered around Isaiah 45:5-7.
I am the LORD, and there is no other; Besides Me there is no God. I will gird you, though you have not known Me; -(Gird means surround in case you didn’t know. I had to Google it myself which is common when I read the Bible. Ok, So God is all around us, in anything and everything whether you like it or not.)
6 That men may know from the rising to the setting of the sun That there is no one besides Me. I am the LORD, and there is no other, (This is saying the same thing and is still not really explaining why I wanted to share this with you.)
When we experience hardships in our lives in the case of the last week watch them on TV, Social Media or in active protest, it seems many of us ask how could God allow these awful things to happen. If God loves us, then why does he allow Racism? Bigotry? Hate? Violence? Poverty? It sure does not seem to fit the bill of a Loving Heavenly Father, does it? It seems impossible to reconcile our suffering with His love for us and His Power to prevent or stop it. In order for us to truly understand what is going on, we must consider all of the potential sources of our adversity.
A Fallen World: When sin entered the world, suffering came with it. You can dismiss the significance of Adam and Eve if you wish. You can even claim its just a story, fine. You cannot dismiss the first murder or first adulterous spouse however. Why? Think of how you feel when you have been cheated on or lied too? No, better yet, think about the firs time you were lied too or cheated on….Yeah, that feeling. How did it feel? What did it make you want to do? Ok, now compound that feeling and add to it daily. Then add more then times it by the population of the world…..Hurt people hurt people equals an infinity of hurt! God could have protected us from these hurts by making us like puppets who could not choose sin, but that would mean we’d also be unable to choose to love Him, because love must be voluntary. It is not a cop out, its true.
Our Own Doing: Sometimes we get ourselves into trouble with our foolish or sinful choices like using drugs, cheating on someone we “love”, disobeying the law or even our parents. If the Lord stepped in and rescued us from every negative consequence, we’d never grow into mature believers. Without these hardships we also can never see the true power of God.
Satanic Attack: The Devil is our enemy dressed like a warm freshly baked donut. To hinder anything the Lord wants to do through His children, Satan will never stop harassing, attacking us. His goal is to destroy our lives, to destroy the people we love and making us weak, broken and keeping us from living God’s purpose. .
God’s Sovereignty: Ultimately, the Lord is in charge of all adversity that comes our way. To deny His involvement contradicts His power and sovereignty over creation. If we do not seek Him through these times we will indeed parish. This does not mean if we seek Him daily we will not encounter problems, it just means we will be better equipped to face and conquer them.
For us to accept that God allows–or even sends–afflictions, we must see adversity from His perspective. Is your focus on the pain of your experience or on the Lord and His faithfulness? As believers, we’re assured that no adversity comes our way unless He can use it to achieve His good purposes. So yes, even in these hard times watching Children of God murdered, fighting, suffering poverty, discrimination and confusion of who to trust, we are to rely on Him as He is Our way, our Truth and Our Life.
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Joshua T Berglan