ADVERSITY DOES NOT EQUAL ABANDONMENT!

Grace For The Journey

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8feb  Far too many in the church today mistakenly believe that the adversity they are currently facing is a sign of God’s abandonment.  God’s Word reminds us that that is not true!  Regardless of the reason for the adversity, God has not abandoned His children, and in the end it will prove to be for their good and His glory.

Think of all the adversity the children of Israel experienced shortly after their divine deliverance from over four hundred years of captivity in Egypt. They experienced the adversity of an army of angry Egyptians thundering up behind them, with the Red Sea blocking their only means of escape. God led His children through the Red Sea – they passed through on dry ground – and annihilated the Egyptians. Israel experienced the adversity of hunger; God provided manna from heaven. They experienced the adversity of thirst; God provided water from the rock.

Adversity did not equal abandonment for the Israelites. God was with them in every adversity they faced, teaching them to call out to Him in every circumstance. One of the most important lessons you and should take away from the Exodus is that, despite the difficulties they faced, God could and indeed did provide for them, protected them, and bless them every step of the way into the Promised Land.

Look at what God says to us in the Bible in the following passages:

Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

John 16:33: “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Hebrews 13:5, “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘I will never leave you; nor forsake you.’”

We will face adversity throughout life because we live in a fallen world.  But in every adversity we will see that our God is with us!

Not only does adversity not equal abandonment,

But adversity is actually a stepping stone

Upon which we advance in the

Direction of God’s call in our lives.

The Bible exhorts us to remember that adversity has come “that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:7).

So . . . what adversity have you been facing lately?

  • Trouble with your finances?
  • Difficulties with your health?
  • Tough times at work or school?
  • Struggles in your relationships?
  • Prodigals in your family?

Adversity and hardships are designed by God to humble us and strengthen us. Trials remind us to depend more on our Savior than on ourselves. Remember, some blessings in life can only be found on the other side of adversity. Keep on keeping on, knowing that Jesus is with you every step of the way. Adversity does not equal abandonment; it’s the necessary precursor of blessing!

This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey

Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!

Pastor Terry

Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”

Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

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