ADVERSITY    (In my mail 5/1/20  and felt worth considering.)

Sometimes its hard to understand adversity — but there’s a purpose!

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

One of the hardest questions to answer is: “Why do I have to deal with so much adversity?!”

Quite honestly, one of the best answers I’ve ever come across was written by C.S. Lewis in his book, Mere Christianity. Lewis likened God’s use of adversity to walking a dog. If the dog gets its leash wrapped around a pole and tries to continue running forward, he will only tighten the leash more. Both the dog and the owner are after the same end: forward motion. But the owner must resist the dog by pulling him opposite of the direction that he wants to go. The master, sharing the same intention, but understanding better than the dog where he really wants to go, takes an action precisely opposite to that of the dog’s will. It is in this way that God uses adversity!

We really don’t like being pulled and corrected by the Lord — but when we understand there’s a greater purpose involved, then we can pass through adversity with hope, expectation and steadfastness knowing these events are for our greater good!

So let’s learn from the trials and tribulations we go through because God has a purpose in them. We may not enjoy it, but when all’s said and done, enduring trials faithfully will produce perseverance, character, and hope. And hope will not disappoint us for the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit…[Romans 5:4-5] We truly can trust in the God who loves us with an everlasting love because He knows the direction we need to go, AND He knows exactly how to get us there!

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

George, Baht Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah
Baltimore, Maryland

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Ken’s Comments:
Actually, for me, adversity may also point out the misuse of God Given Freewill.  God gave us freewill to learn how to love God, ourselves and each other.   And to learn to sow good seeds so as to have a good and useful crop.   LOVE IS A CHOICE,  so freewill must exist for us to be able to choose to love or not.   But we also learn when we sow weeds that we can become entangled in our own brier patch,  the Law of sowing and reaping.  For me, it seems very clear that God put Adam in charge of HIS creation in Genesis.  But Adam decided to follow lucifer instead.  So we as a world have reaped what we also have sown in Adam.  Christ Jesus came to help us fix it but without our freewill, humility and obedient choices it is very slow going and some times, impossible.  Straight and narrow is the way to eternal life…

And it seems, we are entering into the end times according to the prophesies in the Bible.  So the darkness is going to get very dark and the light is going to become very bright.  And after some birthpains, a time of false peace and the great last harvest those who have chosen the light in Christ Jesus will be snatched out of the earth and what remains will go through the Great Tribulation of 7 years of God’s Wrath.  GOD is still upset at what happened to Jesus.  So while it is true that adversity can bring us closer to God’s love,  Our wrong choices can take us further from God’s love.  So usually an adversity is of our own doing of being in the wrong place at the wrong time doing the wrong thing.  What does not kill us makes us stronger up to a point.  I really don’t much like weeds any more.  But weed seed packaging is very professional today by our enemy as it also was at the time of Eve and Adam.  Even David and Samson gave us some real pointers on finding weed seeds.  In fact Saul of Tarsus planted lots of weeds before he learned to not like them and to and became Paul.   The Holy Bible is an exceptional collection of books on how to know good seeds from bad seeds.  If you learn to tell the difference and quit planting weeds you will have a lot less adversity in your life and a lot more peace.  and if you really want a weed free garden,  God will give you a lot of grace to help you.  He also loves a really good, weed free, garden. 

Yours in HIS great love,  Ken<><

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