Today I have a special guest blogger with me! I am so excited to introduce you to her. Renesha goes to my church and is a precious and mighty woman of God! It is my great pleasure to have her today! You will enjoy her post, I am sure!! Blessings, Juliana
By Renesha Chambers
Just the sound of the word strikes fear into hearts.
But is there a purpose for adversity? Can it be described in terms other than unexpected, horrific, and confusing?
I believe it can. Adversity originates from one of three sources: God, Self, and Satan. Each of these warrants a discussion of its own, but let’s focus on God-induced, MERCIFUL adversity today.
You probably stopped right there at God-induced and thought I was off my rocker. It is true. God does allow adversity to enter our lives. He can even create circumstances that we must endure in order to achieve His greater glory.
Let’s examine Jonah. God gave Jonah a task. Jonah ran from this task. God could have very easily “smote” Jonah right then and there, but he had MERCY on his servant, and created a Shamu-sized chunk of adversity to get His attention.
Jonah 1:4 “Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea and a violent storm arose and nearly broke up the ship.”
Jonah 1:17 “The Lord created a great fish to swallow Jonah and he was inside the fish three days and three nights.”
If it wasn’t for the storm and the great fish, Jonah would not have reached the city of Nineveh for Christ. God helped Jonah get his priorities realigned in the form of the “Whale Hotel.” If being swallowed by a great fish is not adversity, than what is?
The Lord had to put Joseph in a situation that no one would ever want to endure. He was sold by his own brothers and imprisoned unjustly. As a result of this situation, he was ultimately a powerful ruler and saved his own family through the years of famine. I’m sure if you tried to deprive Joseph of his painful heritage, he would fight you for it. He would even give thanks for his adverse young adulthood. In Joseph, the word of the Lord was “tested like silver, tried in a furnace…purified seven times.” (Psalms 12:6) The Lord’s merciful adversity made Joseph a mighty man of God.
Daniel also faced adversity that we have never encountered. When is the last time you were thrown in a cavern of lions licking their chops? This situation resulted in God’s supernatural power being revealed to all. The Lord shut the mouths of the lions and when Daniel was released, the king was overjoyed.
Daniel 6:23 “And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.”
So, next time trouble comes your way, ask the Lord, “What are you trying to teach me? How can this problem improve my relationship with You? How will this trial help me to love, assist, and encourage others?”
For after all, without a trial, there is no triumph, and without the valley, there would be no mountaintop to dance upon.
EVERYDAYISSWEETER/Renesha Chambers is “Momma” to two beautiful miracle girls, Sydney and Christa. When not changing a diaper, leading worship for her church, or riding a Harley, she is busy blogging or watching old movies with her husband, Chris, the love of her life.