We consider another way the Lord disciplines/trains His people: through adversity.

This is something the Lord frequently does. It’s not easy to go through difficult times, but we need to remember that when we do, they are all a part of God’s plan, to teach us things we need to know. Not the least of which is that the Lord will use all the adversity He brings into our lives for our good.

As an example, we consider the life of Joseph, the hard times he went through at the hands of his brothers, Potiphar’s wife and the chief cupbearer, as part of God’s plan, to see how He overruled their evil to bring about His good purposes. In paticular, we focus on:

  • First, the difficulties the Lord put Joseph through.
  • Second, how the Lord worked these things together for good.
  • Finally, how we can apply this to our lives.


Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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