Does God actually send adversity into my life? Don’t troubles just happen? - Adversity - TouchPoints

Does God actually send adversity into my life? Don’t troubles just happen?

Deuteronomy 28:20“The Lord himself will send on you curses, confusion, and frustration . . . for doing evil and abandoning me.”

Jeremiah 21:14“I myself will punish you for your sinfulness, says the Lord.”

Hosea 4:9“So now I will punish both priests and people for their wicked deeds.”

Troubles do often “just happen” because we live in a sinful world, and God usually allows the cycle of sin to play itself out (for now). But just as a loving parent brings adversity into the life of a child through discipline, God may also bring adversity into our lives to correct us when we do wrong. This is for our benefit, not harm. God may also bring difficulties into our lives to strengthen and prepare us for life ahead.

Lamentations 3:33He does not enjoy hurting people or causing them sorrow.

Romans 5:8But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

God does not enjoy sending adversity into your life. His love for us is pure and intense; he does not want to see us suffer! But our suffering would be worse if he did not sometimes correct us.