Wednesday, July 11, 2012

His Viewpoint on Adversity

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Adversity generally means hardship, misfortune, disaster, distress, difficulties - terms that we don't want to encounter in our lives. But who in this world did not experience such things? During these times, we mostly felt discouraged and in despair especially if the amount of these "tests" is superb in quantity. Though we see them as setbacks, for Him it is a great time for advancement. His purpose is not to destroy us but to provide us moment in stimulating our spiritual growth. I know sometimes we can't explain why those things are happening to us and can't totally understand it, we can't see the purpose, we can't identify the reason why He is giving us such hard times. we might ask ourselves, "Why me? Did I do something wrong? Why is this happening to me? Why do you hate me so much?". Well, as they say, we shouldn't lean on our own understanding. In Isaiah 55:8-9, it says there: "8 'For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,' declares the Lord. 9 'As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."

Every difficulties that are entering in our lives have full permission from God and it is according to His will. But this doesn't mean that these things are His perfect will, instead, He is preparing us into something special and He wants to use these moments to accomplish greater things for our lives and most importantly, to lead us into spiritual maturity and apply the true meaning of confidence, trust and faith in Him. Also, let us be reminded and admit to ourselves that we have limited perspective and understanding on what He is doing especially when the time comes that these adversities are senseless and can't figure out what's going on. He sees every aspect of our lives and ensures us that He is in control and our view is restricted to what is right before us. We can't see everything, we can't define everything and we can't explain everything but He is the ultimate one who can accomplish it.

So if we come to a point when we really don't understand His ways, let's focus on His perfect knowledge, wisdom and power rather than the magnitude of our sorrow. Always put in our minds that He sees the entire picture and that He loves us more than we can imagine. This is a time to walk by faith as perfect understanding comes only in heaven.

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