Adversity Through The Eyes Of The Cross

1 Peter 4:12-13 says, “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you, but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.”

James 1:2 in the J B Philiips says, “When all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into your lives, my brothers, don’t resist them as intruders, but welcome them as friends!”

Anything that the Lord allows in our lives is purposeful. I think of Job. He did not know that God had given satan permission to touch his life. Yet we know God’s purpose from James 5:11. It says, “Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord–that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.”

The Lord’s nature remains steadfast no matter what our adversity is. He has called us to endure, therefore He has equipped us. Ephesians 6:12-13 says, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

We are living in the evil day now. Paul’s words are timeless truth. We must stand in God’s promises through His word. We are in worldwide adversity. Let us cry out to the Lord for His wisdom to navigate through this pandemic so He is glorified. Remember Colossians 2:15. It says, “Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, TRIUMPHING over them in it.”

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