WOFCF Bible Explosion
are God’s purposes for allowing adversity in my life? – Lesson 3
The sin of pride is the source of many difficulties, as the
following Scriptures point out:
by pride cometh contention . . .” (Proverbs 13:10).
pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom” (Proverbs 11:2).
man’s pride shall bring him low: but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit” (Proverbs 29:23).
whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself
shall be exalted” (Luke 14:11). God detests pride, but humility prompts the gift of His
grace. “. . . God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from
you” (James 4:6–7). Hard times expose our pride, because they
highlight our need for God and for others. In the midst of adversity, seek to
grow in humility, and receive God’s grace with gratitude. Point #2 Adversity
is evidence of spiritual warfare A Christian must be aware of the spiritual battle
that rages between God and the enemy, Satan. Learn to recognize that sometimes
adversity comes in the form of spiritual warfare through weariness, confusion,
division, and spiritual oppression. In the midst of these trials, do not become overwhelmed or
yield to the temptation to give up. The Apostle Paul encourages
us to be strong, courageous, and prepared to be good soldiers: “Put on the whole armor of God,
that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not
against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against
the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high
places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to
withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore,
having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all,
taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery
darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the
Spirit, which is the word of God: praying always with all prayer and
supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and
supplication for all saints” (Ephesians
6:11–18). Point #3 Adversity
is God’s method of purifying your faith
Faith is essential for living the Christian
life, because the ways of God are opposite to the natural inclinations of man.
Thus, adversity may come at the hand of those who mock God’s principles, or it
may come when we violate God’s principles. In either case, adversity is
designed to strengthen our faith.
“. . . Now for a season, if need be, ye are in
heaviness through manifold temptations: that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto
praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ” (I Peter 1:6–7).
The development of patience is another
benefit of having our faith purified by the fire of adversity. “. . . The trying of your faith
worketh patience” (James
1:3). It is through faith and patience that we inherit the promises of God. Be “. . . followers of them who
through faith and patience inherit the promises” (Hebrews 6:12).
Point #4 Adversity is a reminder to
pray for our authorities
Those who are in positions of responsibility are supposed to
provide protection for those under their care. When there are failures in the
life of a leader, his or her “umbrella of protection
” weakens, and those who are under that
authority become more vulnerable to the attacks of the enemy. As we experience
the pressures of temptation, we should realize that those who are in authority over us are also undergoing temptations and
are in need of our intercessory prayer.
The Apostle Paul wrote that we should intercede for those in
authority over us so that we can lead a quiet and peaceful life: “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers,
intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for
all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all
godliness and honesty” (I Timothy 2:1–2).