“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory’ while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Cor. 4:17-18)



Perhaps one of the most vital things to remember, in all our afflictions and adversities, is that the FIRST CAUSE of all that touches our life is God. We read, 2 Chron. 15:6, “And nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city, for God did vex them with all adversity.”



It remains, “The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light.” (Luke 11:34) We see God in the good; we are joyful in the day of prosperity. But how often when it comes to a time of trouble, we turn our vision away from God, and begin to see, and blame other sources for the cause of our distress. This brings a duality of vision, no more a single eye, and it also brings us darkness. He is our Light! To turn our vision away from Him is to open ourselves up to the darkness of negativism.



Acknowledging the hand of God in all that comes our way makes it easier to overcome the carnal desire to “escape” out of all our difficulties. For sure, escapism and overcoming are at the far opposite ends of the spectrum, in fact, escapism is an enemy to overcoming. It is in facing up to our days of adversity, our times of affliction, holding steady in our trust in the Lord that works for our spiritual development and maturity.



How blessed that all these adverse things can WORK FOR US – used to produce and achieve positive results out of negative conditions. That is God all the way! But the qualification is two-fold: they work for us while we are subjected to them, and only while we keep our eyes on the Lord. The moment we see only the temporal, the waves roaring, etc. they start working against us, filling us with fear. But to KEEP OUR EYES ON GOD only good can come out of every troublesome circumstance.




















ADVERSITIES WORKING FOR US [Ray Prinzing]          1

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