God’s Sovereignty and Adversity

Here are a few thoughts on why we face adversity, and how we as Christians should respond to adversity.

I.       God’s Work in Adversity

  1. Pruning away unprofitable fruit (John 15:2)
  2. Refine our personal holiness (Hebrews 12:10)
  3. Force us to depend upon His grace and strength (2 Corinthians 12:10)
  4. Increase our perseverance (James 1:3)
  5. Prepare us to serve others (2 Corinthians 1:4)

II.    Our Response to Adversity

  1. We must submit (James 1:2)
  2. We must bring the word of God to bear upon our adversity (Hebrews 4:12)
  3. We must remember the lessons learned (Deuteronomy 8:2-3)

(Adapted from chapter 12 of Trusting God by Jerry Bridges)