Hardships and their purpose

The reason God lets us fall might surprise you.

Today’s reading Judges 6:1-6

One of the biggest challenges to God’s rule in our lives is money. When we step into wonderful seasons of blessings, it’s easy to feel self-sufficient,thinking we do not need the Lord for our success. In those times, God may have to get our attention in a painful way.

In Judges 6 we see that Israel had taken on the feeling of being self-sufficient and they became unruly.  So God got their attention in an area of their life He knew they’d feel it most. Specifically, He allowed hostile nations to completely ruin Israel’s livelihood—their crops—for seven years. This aggression all but destroyed their way of life.

What was the result? Judges 6:6 reveals, “The sons of Israel cried to the Lord.” They turned back to God and pleaded for their relationship with Him to be restored. And what instigated this repentance? It was the Lord’s direct manoeuvring and interruption of their finances—a reminder that they were dependent on Him.

This is not an isolated incident.  God works in the same way still in many people.  If you’re going through intense hardships financially it could be a sign the Lord is seeking to show Himself to you in a deeper way.  It is an opportunity to draw closer to Him.  It’s difficult to look at hardships as opportunities, but if you do you may find refreshing hidden gems of God’s wisdom hiding there that you may never had known existed otherwise.

Remember,our Lord is a jealous God (Ex. 20:5-6).He will not allow even His own blessings to draw you away from Him. Prayerfully consider your priorities today. Ask God to reign supreme over your finances, and request the wisdom to manage your money with humility and His direction.

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