Adversity

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Adversity

“If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.” (Prov. 24:10) Just what type of adversity do you suppose the Lord is talking about here, war, famine, plague, pestilence, those items that God sends to those who will not trust in His name, those who say they do but have fallen by the wayside, have decided that God is only useful when He is necessary. I rarely bring up current events in these letters to you, but how many who name Christ as Lord believed adversity was the possibility of running out of toilet paper, of practicing social distancing for fear that they might meet the Lord before they were ready to.

Adversity to this generation, at least for some of the Christians, is no where near what I believe is the implication of this verse, I cannot compare running out of toilet paper with being imprisoned and tortured for faith in Christ, embarrassment in front of others for His name sake with being burned alive at the stake. I often recall at these times the account of Daniel’s three companions, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah and how they stood when all were commanded to kneel, (Dan. 3:12) not only admiring their faith, a faith they were quite sure would lead to their death, but of all the other sons of Jacob who were in attendance that day. I do not know how many were there there, either of God’s children or those who served other gods, but I know for a fact that every one of them knew that adversity would come upon any who would not bend the knee and that adversity was called certain death, and we lock our church doors and put on masks.

“I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.” (Psalm 3:6) And we practice social distancing. We do not know what the proper terminology for the word adversity is, it has been transformed into a minor inconvenience, few and far apart are the Christians who can truly say to live is Christ, to die is gain. (Phil. 1:21) Many I believe there are that have been ashamed of themselves in these days, days that by the time you read this letter may have already passed, but fear not, another opportunity will come along for you to show to yourself where your trust really lays. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.” (Psalm 37:23-24)

The Lord God gives each of us not a second chance, but many chances, the question is are you learning, not only about Christ, but about yourself, are you desiring to lose that fear, ready to stop living in the temporal, determined to become profitable in His sight. We are to be Holy, (1 Peter 1:15) not fearful, we are to serve with the confidence that who we serve is faithful, “Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.” (Psalm 37:37) The first century Christians would have difficulty recognizing some of us, many in countries where persecution of the saints means torture, imprisonment, and certain death would hold little pity for the supposed follower of Christ who is concerned with minor and trivial things like the lack of toilet paper or having a fresh mask so that they can go to the grocery store to buy a week or more worth of food.

We have begun to walk down the path of concern for self instead of others, we fear death, believing a long and prosperous life is due us, we seek our own, worry about tomorrow and trust the Lord Jesus Christ only in name. If everything is going well, we believe, when adversity arrives, we question. Have you ever stopped to really contemplate why so many fear, not only the loss of their lives, but their livelihoods, why they have sought comfort and security here instead of seeking Christ continually. The main reason is this, they have had to face no real adversity, no serious trials, and tribulations. I do not mean the sorrow that comes with the loss of a loved one, not the removal of even their financial wherewithal, not even the diagnosis of a serious illness, I speak here of the adversity that demands not only faith, but obedience to that faith. A firm resolve that even if you throw us in the fire, we will not bow down to you, (Dan. 3:17) even if you throw me in a slime filled pit, I will still speak the truth, (Jer. 38:6) a faith that says with all confidence, “Choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15)

This type of faith cries out to the Lord God Almighty for deliverance, but accepts that whatever occurs as His will, this faith does not question why, it knows why, because we are here to bring glory to God. This type of faith does not question the motives of God, it obeys. Hard times are coming my friends, do not deceive yourself that everything is going to go back to what you might consider normal. You can prepare in one of two ways, by the standards of the world, or the Spiritual discernment that God offers to all who will but ask. I do not know what our Lord is going to allow to occur in the area of this earth that you live in before His return, I do not know how much rain will fall on the just (Matt. 5:45) before His arrival in the clouds to take us home, (Rev. 1:7) but I believe that the adversity that many believe they are going thru now is going to be remembered with fondness compared to these coming days.

I am no doomsday prophet, no conspiracy theorist, I write as I have been commanded to write, and this letter will end as many others do, are you prepared, are you sure of who you serve. God is preparing to remove His children from the wrath to come, as He shut the massive doors of the ark of Noah, so He will soon close the door in this age. You must be sure that your reservations are secured.

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