4019 life, believers’experience of

4019 life, believers’experience of

God is at work in all that happens to believers, whether to warn them, to draw them to himself or to do them good.

God has a purpose in all the experiences that believers have in life

Ro 8:28; Eph 1:11 See also Ge 21:22; Ge 28:16; Ge 39:20-21; Ge 45:5-8; 1Sa 2:6-9; 1Ch 29:11-12; Job 42:10-13; Ps 75:6-7; Ac 17:28; 1Pe 4:12

Rejection of this conviction leads to despair Ecc 1:1-2,16-17

God uses every experience in the lives of believers for good

To warn and correct Ps 119:67 See also Ge 12:17; 2Ch 7:13-14; Job 5:17; Isa 38:17; Isa 48:9-10; Am 4:10-11; Ro 2:4; Heb 12:5-11; Rev 9:20-21

To test and exercise believers’trust in God Dt 8:15-16 See also Ex 15:22-25; Jdg 2:21-22; Ps 23:1-6; Ps 81:7; Isa 43:1-2; Na 1:7; Ro 8:35-39; Php 4:12; Heb 11:17-19; Heb 13:6

To purify and prepare believers for glory 2Co 4:16-17 See also Job 23:10; Ps 66:10; Isa 48:10; Jer 9:7; Zec 13:8-9; Ro 5:3-5; Ro 8:28-30; 1Pe 1:6-7

To benefit others Est 4:14; 2Co 1:3-6; 2Co 4:15; Php 1:12-14; 2Ti 2:10

In all of life’s experiences believers should be thankful and trusting

Php 4:6 See also Ge 8:20 Noah’s sacrifice would, among other things, express his thankfulness; Dt 8:18; Job 1:20-21; Ps 103:1-2; Pr 3:5-6; Ac 16:25; Eph 5:20; 1Ti 4:4-5

Believers do not merit the blessings they receive

Ps 103:10 See also Ge 32:10; Ge 50:19-21; Ezr 9:13; La 3:22; Lk 7:6; Ro 6:23

See also

1130God, sovereignty
1180God, wisdom of
1190glory
5596victory
6248temptation
6705peace, experience
8206Christlikeness
8230discipline
8347spiritual growth
8352thankfulness
8459perseverance

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