UNDERSTANDING GOD’s CHARACTER

You have caused men to ride over our heads; We went through fire and through water; But You brought us out to rich fulfillment. Psalm 66:12 (NKJV)

You can handle adversity only when you understand several essential truths about God:

God is not the author of evil. God uses adversity to accomplish His purposes, but He does not originate evil.

God is sovereign over all adversity. He can use any pain to honor Him and benefit you because He fits all events—good and bad—into His plan for you.

God is trustworthy. Your pain is not outside His wisdom, love, and power; and He has promised never to fail you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).

Understanding these truths, you must decide to trust God in your times of affliction. Margaret Clarkson writes in Grace Grows Best in Winter:

“We set ourselves to believe in the overruling goodness, providence, and sovereignty of God and refuse to turn aside—no matter what may come, no matter how we feel.”

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