We know after rain falls on the ground, some soil will remain moist and soft even after it dries in the sunshine; but after the sun dries red clay it becomes hard. The same rain fell on both types of soil, but the kind of soil made the difference in the soil’s response to sun. Likewise God makes His sun shine on the good and evil, and sends rain on the just and unjust.
Matthew 5: 45 “your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good,and sends rain on the just and the unjust”
So whether Christian or unbeliever, we enjoy the general blessings of God, and all will endure adversities, such as sickness, pain, sorrow, but how we respond is important. In fact when Satan sees a Christian getting a little too close to God, he will ask for permission to cause that person various adversities. Note Job’s life and the adversities he endured. His wife even told him to curse God and die. But he said even if God slew him still he would trust Him.
That kind of adversity requires faith, and even sometimes the most faithful servants may wonder how much more can be endured. While God was testing Abraham’s faith, it took much faith for him to place his son on the place of sacrifice and raise his knife to kill him. And age does not exempt one from adversities: for Abraham was an old man even when his son was born.
And I consider myself one of the least of God’s children, but currently my family is enduring adversities, and at this time we can see no light at the end of life’s earthly tunnel. But whatever God allows, I know He will bring some good out the adversities. And I believe one reason He is allowing these adversities is to refine my life and make it more like that of Jesus.
Father, through my adversities may my faith not falter, but become stronger, and may some other good things be achieved. If so, may You receive the praise and honor. Since Jesus made it possible for me to receive Your blessings, I thank You in His name. Amen.