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Beauty Out of Ashes

Beauty Out of Ashes

As we experience adversity ourselves we are prone to ask God “why?” We do not see any possible good that will come out of the adversity we are experiencing. We don’t look for the glory to God that can come from a particular circumstance. God’s wisdom is displayed in bringing good out of our adversity rather than out of our blessing. The wisdom of God is displayed when He brings good to us and glory to Himself out of adversity rather than out of pleasant times.

We live in the post 9/11 world. There is terrorism occurring every day in our lives; the Columbine shooting, the Virginia Tech shooting, the Sandy Hook shooting, and the theater shooting in Aurora Colorado. We live in a very hostile world. 1 Peter 5:8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Jesus told Peter: Luke 22:31 “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat. The devil causes us to doubt God. In Job we see Satan attempting to get Job to curse God. Satan created the doubt in Job’s mind by bringing the adversity into his life. God does not spare us from the ravages of disease, heartache, and disappointment of this sin cursed world. God is able to take all adversity the bad as well as the good, and make full use of everyone in each situation. In times of trials He displays His wisdom and glory.

The good that He brings about is different from the good we envision. God’s wisdom is displayed in bringing good out of evil, beauty out of ashes. It is displayed and turning all the evil that Satan brings against His children into good for each of them.

God brings holiness out of adversity. We have heard Romans 8:28 quoted many times: Romans 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. This Scripture is usually used by those attempting to comfort those that are grieving. This Scripture does not complete the statement that Paul intended. This statement alone brings little comfort to the one that is suffering. To complete the thought: Romans 8:29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. Verse 29 completes verse 28 that God’s purpose is to make us into the likeness of Jesus Christ. This is the purpose that God has for all of His children. Verse 29 answers the question why?

God is trying to produce conformity to Christ. God works in our lives to transform us into the likeness of His son. It is not necessarily comfort or happiness but conformity to Christ that God is trying to accomplish. God wants us to grow into the image of Christ. In this life we are being prepared for eternal life with God. God knows exactly what circumstances are necessary in order to complete His purpose. God knows the circumstances both good and bad that are necessary to produce the desired results.

God always makes the best and right decision. With God’s infinite wisdom there is no agonizing over decisions. No hoping He has made the right decision. No wondering what is really best for us. God disciplines us for our good that we may share in His holiness. He never allows too much adversity in our lives. His blending of adversity and blessings are always exactly right for us. We must be transformed into the likeness of Christ that is His desired result. Psalm 119:71 It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.

We can learn God’s will by reading and studying the Scriptures. That is where our minds are renewed and as a result of these studies real change occurs down in the depths of our souls. This change comes from the inside out. Real change is produced as the Scriptures are worked out in real life. This more often than not involves adversity. We will never learn patience until we have been treated unjustly and learned by “patiently enduring” the one that has treated us unjustly.

We will continue this thought next time.

What adversity that you experienced where your patience was tried?

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