I want to bring out three types of adversity. First is the consequences of our fleshly choices to sin. David’s sin with Bathsheba brought adversity within his own family.
Another is when we directly disobey the Lord. I think of Balaam. Numbers 22:22 says, “Then God’s anger was aroused because he went, and the Angel of the Lord took His stand in the way as an adversary against him…”
Jonah ended up in the belly of a great fish when he ran from what the Lord had called him to do. In Jonah 1:2 the Lord told Jonah to go to Nineveh. Verse 3 says, “But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord…”
The third type of adversity comes when God gives permission for satan to work against us. We know from the book of Job that God took away His hedge of protection around Job and all that he had. We also know that He allowed Peter to be sifted by satan.
Now I want to bring you to John 19. Pilot asked Jesus a question but He didn’t answer him. Pilot haughtily spoke in verse 10 which says, “…Do you not know that I have the power to crucify You, and power to release You?”
I love Jesus’ answer. Verse 11 says, “…You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above…” So it is in our lives. Nothing touches us except what the Lord permits.
Job 42:2 says, “I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.” The Lord is All Powerful, All Knowing, and All Present. The next time we each face adversity, let us stop and ask the Lord where it is coming from. If He has allowed it, then He has a divine purpose.
Ephesians 3:10 says, “To the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places.” Let us be an authentic testimony of His wisdom at work within us in every type of adversity. He empowers us to endure so that He is glorified.