I talked about the point of pain and adversity, and how God turns our pain and adversity into joy over the last two weeks at Revolution Church. You can listen to part 1 and part 2 by clicking the links.
Often, one of our struggles in pain and adversity is that we look for things that are not promised.
While God does give us answers as to why things happen the way they do, He doesn’t always. Not only doesn’t he always answer the “why is this happening” question, when he does, it is rarely on our timetable.
We aren’t promised answers. We are however promised that we can have joy (John 16:24), we can have wisdom (James 1:5), we can have God’s presence and peace (Philippians 4:7).
Here is our problem with that: we aren’t always content to have God’s joy, wisdom and peace. We want answers.
It is this desire for answers, this searching for answers (while not wrong) that causes us to miss the point of adversity and what God is doing in it, through it and seeking to accomplish.
In short, we ask and seek the wrong the things.