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Sunday January 24, 2021.

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Seeing A Greater Purpose in Adversity

But Paul shouted, "Don't harm yourself! We are all here!" (Acts 16:28).

Paul and Silas have just been thrown into prison. An earthquake erupts and the jail cell is opened. It's Paul and Silas' opportunity. "Deliverance! Praise God!" might be the appropriate response. But this is not what Paul and Silas did. In fact, rather than leave they sat quietly in their cell area. The guard, in fear of his life, knew that it would be automatic death if prisoners escaped. Paul and Silas did not leave because they saw a higher purpose for which they were in prison. They were not looking at their circumstance, they were much more concerned about the unsaved guard. The story goes on to explain how Paul and Silas went home with the guard and his family. Not only did the guard get saved, but his entire household as well.

What a lesson this is for us. How often we are so looking for deliverance from our circumstance that we miss God completely. God is looking to do miracles in our circumstances if we will only look for them. Sometimes as business people we become so obsessed with our goals we miss the process that God involves us in which may be where the miracle lies. What if that bill collector who has been hounding you is unsaved and he is there for you to speak to? What if a problem account has arisen due to something God is doing beyond what you might see at this time? Our adverse situations can often be the door of spiritual opportunity for those who need it.

I saw this personally when God allowed me to go through a number of adversities. It took some time, but I saw some great miracles as a result of those adversities. When God said that "all things work together for good for those who are called according to His purposes", he meant ALL THINGS. It is up to us to find the "work together for good" part by being faithful to the process. The next adversity you face, tune your spiritual antennae and ask God for discernment to see the real purpose for the adversity.

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