"We have to get beyond the immature notion that God is interested in making us healthy, wealthy, and happy ... The road to becoming like Christ leads through the wilderness of adversity." - Anonymous Writer
Wait. What? Let me understand this. Jesus suffered on a cruel cross, dying a horrible death, for the sins of the entire world so that I could go through adversity?
Not in my Bible.
In my Bible it says, "The truth shall make you free." (Jn 8:32) Where in adversity is there any freedom? Did missing work because you had the flu free you from anything? Didn't you get behind, lose money, and, in general, be unproductive for days?
Did running short of money to pay your bills make you happier last month? Did your creditor call because they were overjoyed you were "in adversity," saying, yes, they completely understood how much being short of cash was setting you free?
I know. I know. You had seven of the best days of your life because your child was sick, your husband lost his job, and, hallelujah, Christmas was coming but you couldn't afford it!
No, you didn't. In fact, the definition of "adversity" is anti-gospel: "adverse fortune or fate; a condition marked by misfortune, calamity, or distress." Jesus didn't die and rise again to give you that, nor is He so inept that He has to put you into such a state to get your attention.
"But look at Job," you say. **
Yeah, let's look at Job. Let's read where he was AFRAID and SAID, "For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me." (Job 3:25)
What does the Word of God say about the power of your words?
"For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith." (Mk 11:23)
You can't get orange juice from a turnip. Proverbs 12:28 says, "In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death."
Also, look at Hebrews 2:14-15, "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
Jesus came to set man free from death and the devil. He said Himself that "a house divided" would fall when addressing this very issue. (Mt 12:24) So to think God used calamity to teach you something is ludicrous and worse, insulting, to the Father.
Look at the Greek word translated "salvation" in the New Testament as final proof.
G4991 soteria - rescue or safety (physically or morally): - deliver, health, salvation, save, saving.
Did you see that? HEALTH. SAFETY. RESCUE.(Rm 8:1)
Friends, don't shortchange God. What Jesus accomplished on the cross was "exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think." (Eph 3:20) Don't belittle it believing your adversity is God's way of communicating with you.
Dwell, instead, on the truth of the gospel - that Jesus came to save every part of your life, and it really is okay to be happy.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Heb 11:6)
** For better clarity on the book of Job, I encourage you to get THE SUFFERING QUESTION by Mac Hammond. This is THE BEST resource on this historic book.
Suzanne D. Williams
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Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.