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God Works through Adversity

God Works through Adversity

God does not ask us when or how we want to grow. He is the master teacher training His pupils when and how He deems best for each one of us. He is, in the words of Jesus, the gardener who prunes the branches of His vineyard, John 15:1. The healthy vine requires both nourishment and pruning. We obtain our nourishment through the word of God. Psalm 1:2–3 but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.

Through the adversity that we experience we are pruned. The Hebrew and Greek languages express discipline and teaching by the same word, “yields”, Greek and Hebrew, “yatan” a verb meaning to give, to place, to make or to constitute.

God intends that we grow through the discipline of adversity as well as through instructions from His word. The psalmist joins adversity and instructions together in God’s training process when he says: Psalm 94:12 Blessed is the man whom you discipline, O Lord, and whom you teach out of your law,

God is at work in all of His children regardless of how aware of it we may be. One of the most encouraging passages in the Bible is: Philippians 1:6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. God is at work in us and He will not fail to carry on to completion that which he has begun.

God has provided us everything that we need to do His will. Hebrews 13:21 equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever.

He who is carrying it on is not one who can be baffled and forced to give up His design He is able to carry it out in the unlikeliest circumstances and against the most resolute resistance. Everything must give way before Him. This is one of the most comforting connections with His discipline. If God could be frustrated in His design after we have suffered so much it would be awful. But God cannot be frustrated. He will carry on to completion that which He has begun. God’s treatment must and will succeed. It cannot miscarry or be frustrated even if it’s most ardent efforts even in reference to its minutest objects. It is the mighty power of God that is at work within us, and upon us, and this is our consolation; all His love, all His wisdom, all His faithfulness, and all His power. God cannot fail in His purpose for adversity in our lives. That He will accomplish that which He intends, is a great encouragement to us all.

Sometimes I do fail to respond to difficulties in a God honoring way. My failure does not mean God has failed. Even my painfully sharp awareness of failure may be used by God to help me grow in humility. God knows exactly what we need and how to supply it. His training is no random work. It is carried on with exquisite work and skill. God knows us better than we know ourselves and is not going to do anything that would harm us. What we think may be our greatest need may not be that at all. God unerringly knows where we need to grow and what best method to use in order to cause the growth that He desires. He carries on His work with the skill that far exceeds that of the most expert physician. He correctly diagnosis our needs and applies the perfect remedy for our situation. Every adversity that comes across our path whether large or small is intended to help us grow in some way. If it were not beneficial God would not allow it or send it, for He does not willingly bring afflictions or grief to His children. Lamentations 3:33 for he does not afflict from his heart or grieve the children of men.

God does not delight in our suffering He brings only that which is necessary but He does not shrink from that which will help us to grow.

Have you experienced a situation in your life where you know that God caused you to grow through adversity?

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