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One as Well as the Other

In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: Surely God has appointed the one as well as the other. Ecclesiastes 6:14

When God allows us to have an amazing day, we assume it is because He loves us. But when we experience adversity, we become confused. How could a loving God allow us to suffer like that? Why isn’t He protecting us from harm?

The truth is that God has a purpose both for our pleasure as well as our pain. There are certain works He will accomplish in our life using each one. The key is for us to recognize which season we are in, and then to embrace whatever work God wants to accomplish at that time.

In days of prosperity, we need to celebrate and enjoy God’s goodness to us. Too often we are so busy that we miss those special moments God provides us to experience joy. Likewise, when adversity comes, we need to take time to reflect. Without carefully considering our circumstances, we might miss the good work God is doing, even in our discomfort. We should assume that even in our challenges, God has a good purpose. If you are currently experiencing a trial, carefully consider what God is seeking to accomplish through them.

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