The Bible is a book filled with experiences, God encounters. In the Old Testament, we can get to know God through His interactions with Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah , Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Samuel, and Saul and David. In each of their lives God allowed obstacles or adversity. God did not step every time to hold back the natural enemies, nor the consequences of poor choices. Each of us should expect that at some time in our lives there will be “negative” events or seasons ALLOWED by God.
Adam and Eve were “evicted” from Eden because of a decision to believe a lie of satan rather than trust and obey God.
And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side[e] of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life__ Genesis 3:22-24 NIV
Abraham agreed with Sarah and tried to fulfill the promise of a child via her handmaid, Hagar rather than wait on God. God allowed them to choose another way. This created strife in Abraham’s household and the pain of casting out his first born son.
Joseph endured the adversity of false accusations and imprisonment through no fault of his own. God allowed it. Our loving Father is never cruel or unkind. He knows each of us so intimately and has a specific plan for our lives that makes the best use our personality, talents and dispositions. (Jeremiah 28:11) Joseph’s faithfulness in hard places tempered and trained him for a position of prestige and power that honored God. Joseph shows his understanding of the ways of God and the source of his strength to thrive in hard places when he said to his brothers:
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.__Genesis 20:50 NIV
Whether it a poor choice, the sinful act of another or an act of nature, whatever the source____ if adversity has touched our lives, God has allowed it. And God what has allowed, He can use to reposition or redirect, prepare and refine us for greater use and as trophies of His glory. Today the question is the same one Job posed to his desperate wife:
He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.__Job 2:10 NIV