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2 Corinthians 1:9:

Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.

John Piper:

Adversity by its very nature is the removal of things on which our comfort and hope have rested and so it will either result in anger toward God or greater reliance on him alone for our peace.

And his purpose for us in adversity is not that we get angry or discouraged, but that our hope shift off earthly things onto God.

God’s main purpose in all adversity is to make us stop trusting in ourselves or any man.

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4 thoughts on “What God Is Always Aiming for in Our Adversity”

  1. Dr Don says:

    In Deuteronomy 8:2 God’s purpose for Israel’s desert time was revealed: “Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands.” Humbling and testing are part of the adversity process so that, as you say, we will stop trusting in our strength and others.

  2. Justin says:

    I agree, but exactly who are the children of Israel is the question. Are they Christians? Mormons? Muslims? Etc.

    1. Dr Don says:

      The children of Israel, by definition as an Old Testament term, would be believers. The adversity served to help get Egypt out of them much as it does for us today. For nonbelievers, the purpose would be to have them shift off earthly things as you said and turn to God. The familiar expression that there are no atheists in foxholes would apply here.

  3. Thirsty One says:

    This idea has come to me through years of adverse conditions. The whole time that I was experiencing the adversity, I was turning my back on God. In most cases, I would embrace the Devil because I felt that there was nothing else that could happen that could make my situation any worse. I didn’t realize until recently that I was being tested, inside and out. The amazing thing about all of it is that the farther I got away from him, the more love He had for me. When I thought that I was laughing at him and mocking him for not rescuing me from my misery, He was already busy writing the next beautiful chapter in my life. Needless to say, the laughter ceased and the mockery dissipated. Now we both get to rejoice for in my misery, I found peace!

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