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  • Writer's pictureMuyiwa Mepaiyeda

How Adversity Shapes Us

THERE IS A SIDE of God you'll never understand unless you know Him.

There's a depth of Him you'll only reach when you walk with Him.

David knew that life was a mystery—and to understand it; he needed God.

So he said: I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I will not be moved (out of course). (Ps. 16:8)

David was conscious of God. He did not miss any day without Him.

It makes you a witness

THERE'S A VIEW of life you'll only see when you experience it.

His experiences were unique.

He said: God would not leave my soul in hell, nor would he suffer his holy one to see corruption. (Ps. 16:10)

God has taken us through the Fire and Water. He has brought us to our fruitful place. (Ps. 66:11)

It gives you a new perspective

EVERYONE knows that adversity is real. But no one sees it coming.

David never knew that King Saul would try to kill him. (1 Sam. 19:1-2) However, this experience gave him a new view of life.

Lazarus had to die for Mary to know that Jesus is the resurrection and the life. (John 11:25)

It tests us

YOU MUST see adversity as a test of faith to do anything worthwhile.

When Job lost everything, he saw his situation as a test. So, he did not sin or say any foolish thing against God. (Job 1:22)

It's a tool in the hand of God

EVEN WHEN his wife told him to curse God and die, he said: Are we to accept the good that comes from God but not the bad? (Job 2:9-10)

He understood that his path would be conflicted. However, he had to experience the good and the bad to author his life.

It reveals God's power

GOD PROMISED to make our places straight because he knew they would be crooked. (Isa. 45:2)

So, adversity makes God's powers evident in our lives and shows us that God's strength is made perfect in weakness. (2 Cor. 12:8)

It teaches you how to trust God

YOUR FEAR of God is true confidence. Your unswerving commitment to Christ is genuine hope.

Hope in the horizon

Eliphaz, one of his friends, made him understand that this was not the time to quit. (Job 4:6)

God wants you to hold on too.

It increases your faith

WE SEE his unwavering faith in God as he says, "Even if the Lord slays me, I will still trust in Him." (Job 13:15)

His faith in God increased in his suffering.

It teaches you how to handle pain

SOMEONE SAID: The way to know a believer is how they handle pain.

How did he handle the pain?

He confessed that his witness (testimony) is in heaven. His advocate is on high. (Job 16:19)

Rather than waste the pain, you must call on your high priest, who is touched by it. (Heb. 4:14-16) Then, you receive strength.

It makes you think

JOB THOUGHT people went to Sheol when they died. (Job 17:13)

But what determines where they go is who they are with. Those with Jesus go to heaven. (Acts 4:12) People without him go to hell. (Rom. 3:23)

Do you have a relationship with Jesus Christ? If you don't, today is your day.

If you confess your sins to Him and believe in your heart that he is the son of God, you shall be saved.

Have a great week!

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