THE PURPOSE OF ADVERSITY

Psalm 57

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

God is involved in every area of your life. And while this may be easy to understand in joyful times, it is just as true in times of sorrow and heartache. God will never abandon you to the harsh forces of this world without some form of help and support.

In 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NASB), the apostle Paul told us: “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able; but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you will be able to endure it.”

Let the Holy Spirit show you a deeper meaning of this word. Temptation can come in the form of a testing of your faith. It may involve something that suddenly appears and leaves you feeling helplessly overwhelmed. It may be adversity or suffering.

Often we cannot see the outcome of the testing of our faith. God stretches us in our relationships, jobs, and other areas to see if we will remain steadfast and true to Him and the others involved. Ultimately the outcome of our testing is tremendous blessing.

Is God in everything? The answer is a hearty yes! He does not cause the pain you feel or the disappointment you experience, but He promises to use each one for your good and His glory. Therefore, you can trust Him in times of rain, wind, and sunshine.

I trust You, Lord, in times of rain, wind, and sunshine.

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