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May 14 Devotion:What Does the Adversity in My Life Mean?

What Does The Adversity In My Life Mean?

James 1:2-4

[2] My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; [3] Knowing this , that the trying of your faith worketh patience. [4] But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

We have heard this portion of scripture quoted, preached on, and have read it ourselves I’m sure many times. We know this to be true. Have you ever wondered though why sometimes adversity comes into our lives. I want to discuss that over the next few devotions.

1. Adversity gets our attention

When we are faced with things we can’t control, it’s then that God gets our attention. It’s these times in our lives when we truly turn and rely on Him. Maybe we have started to stray, or maybe there is even something bigger coming that God is preparing us for. When adversity strikes that’s when we need to focus and give it all to God.

1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

2. Adversity shows our weaknesses

Ever think you have it all figured out? Often times when we think WE have everything running smooth in our lives, God shows us something different.

Mark 14:72 And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.

Think about Peter here. He had just told Jesus he would not be offended, that he would even die with Him. Peter thought he knew it all and we know Jesus even warned him of what Peter would do. He knew Peters weakness, and when faced with adversity Peter found out as well.

3. Adversity gets us to cry out to God

Psalm 34:17 The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

Adversity will bring us closer to God when we cry out to Him and truly depend on Him to deliver us from those troubles.

Friday we will discuss some more things about adversity in our lives.

God bless you today!

Bro. Josh Richardson

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