It is clear from Jeremiah that the Lord is behind what is happening to Judah. He ordained the Babylonians as His instrument to discipline the rebellion of Judah. He also brought Babylon to bear on the surrounding nations for their disobedience.
As I was working through the prophecies concerning the nations this morning it dawned on me that all the adversity I experience is from God. He has either ordained or allowed it which practically amounts to the same thing. A few days ago I suggested that the Lord is intelligent, intentional, and intimately engaged in all aspects of our lives. That being the case, the adversity that He brings into my life has purpose. Based on what I read in Hebrews 12:4 – 12, His primary purpose is to shape my righteousness.
There have been many things in my life that would qualify as adversarial. This morning I realized that I needed to spend some extended time working through some of those to see if I can understand what it is that the Lord wants to accomplish through them. I have worked through some, but it was clear this morning.
So my application is to carve out some extended time in the next few weeks to get apart with my journal and Bible and seek the Lord on what it is He wants me to learn.
If I can, I will let you know what I learn.