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Monday, September 5, 2011

The Power of Adversity & Change (#PowerandPurpose)

David was a man of many conditions. He was much tried yet much favored. The circumstances of the psalm from which our text is taken refer to the tragic era in his life when he found himself betrayed by his counselors, and his confidence was good and shook. But his trials drove him nearer to God. He knew only too well that uninterrupted prosperity was apt to cause neglect of higher things.

When a train of troubles attends us and we look at our afflictions, losses, and crosses, and cry out, "All these changes are against me!"  Let us take comfort in reading,"It is good for me that I have been afflicted." (Ps.119:71)

The paradox of faith however, is that we are built up by being broken down. God does by undoing; He makes as He breaks. Reverse and changes are tools for the shaping of character. Change is a phase of divine ministry. God takes us back to move us forward. The waves go out and returns with fuller force.

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