I noticed an interesting bit based on an analogy by C.S. Lewis in a church bulletin I think you will identify with.
“C.S. Lewis likened God’s use of adversity to walking a dog. If the dog gets its leash wrapped around a pole and tries to continue forward, he will only tighten the leash more. Both the dog and the owner are after the same end, forward motion, but the owner must resist the dog by pulling him opposite the direction he wants to go. The master, sharing the same intention but understanding better than the dog where he really wants to go, takes an action precisely opposite to that of the dog’s will. It is in this way that God uses adversity.”
The Great Blonde noted that wives often have to do the same exercise with husbands.
We Christian humans too often get all tangled in things that reduce or stop our forward progress and must relax while the Lord seems to be causing us to go in the opposite direction. Experience should be teaching us that adversity is most often from the hand of the Lord for His glory and our benefit. Job is a case in point.
The story of Joseph sums up in Genesis 50:20, “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.”
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