The Day of Great Adversity
by Edward Davis
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New King James Version (NKJV)
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.
Grace and peace be upon you my brothers and my sisters,
On this day, September the eleventh it will always be remembered as a day of great adversity. On this day America's sense of security and power was changed forever. Adversity has a way of humbling one whom may have thought that they were all that and a bag of chips as the young folk used to say. Adversity humbled America and adversity will humble you and I. Many folk who are dealing with adversity come up with the same question, "Why did God do this?" First of all, God does not cause adversity to come into your life that is due to Satan and the sin that runs rampant in this world. The bible teaches that Satan is the God of this world but God is the God of this universe. The scriptures teaches that God will cause all things to work together for the good for those that love him and are called according to his purpose. It did not say that it will feel good but it will work together for the good. I know that losing a love one appears to have no good outcomes. The bible declares," In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple" (Isaiah 6:1). Isaiah, the author of the above text recalls a time when the death of a love one worked out for the good. Isaiah stated that the same year King Uzziah died he saw the Lord. Oftentimes, things need to die in our lives before we are able to see the Lord for who he is because we make so many things gods that we have pushed aside the one and True God (Jesus Christ). The scriptures teaches that we can do nothing without the Lord. Therefore; when adversity strikes we are reminded," When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you."It is God who said that I will never leave you nor forsake you. When adversity comes God will be there to help you through it and without God, adversity can be devastating. Adversity helped Isaiah see God and answer his call, not only did Isaiah see God but he saw himself, that's why he responded," 5 “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts (Isaiah 6:5).” Allow whatever you are going through today to turn your face towards God and see him as your Lord and Savior. Remember that God has promised to be with you, the rivers will not overflow, the fire will not burn you, and the flame will not scorch you. This too shall pass, adversity has not come to destroy you but move you closer to God!
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I think I counted the term "adversity" 11 times in your article. I think Job had a clearer perspective in the sense that he understood both the good and evil to come from God. Similarly, it at least looks like God does render a man's own evil on his head (Judges 9). I can think of other passages (like Jeremiah 39:16), but the general gist is that adversity is only adverse from our perspective. I mean if nothing moves our rock that we stand on, then it doesn't matter how big the wave is; it crashes equally. I say this to say that it is not we who refine ourselves. It is not even our circumstances which refine us. It is God. More here: http://managedsurrender.com/spilling-scripture/clearer-vision/plans/