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I read the Bible on and off (I read it regularly, and then took a few months off after getting overloaded with work). I was very upset about something that happened over the summer and was reading the Bible for inspiration and help. I do not remember exactly what it is that I was reading at the time (maybe Ezekiel?). It sounded like "God giveth and God taketh away" where God blesses His people, but then can turn those blessings into afflictions. Where is this in the Bible, or did I misunderstand it? I know in the Book of Ezekiel it talks about sincere and insincere conversion and his dumbness- is this what it is referring to? I know in Job it mentions that as well in a small phrase. Does God turn blessings into afflictions? (I'm curious as when I pray for something, but it usually turns into an affliction later and sofar I am praying for something and it seems like it is going to be fulfilled, but I do not want it turning into an affliction later on).
If you are a true disciple of Jesus Christ, trusting in the promise of redemption through his blood, and striving to live to the praise of God's glorious grace, then all of your afflictions will result in your eternal good.
*James 1.2-4, "My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into diverse temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."
1 Peter 1.6-7, "ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ."*
Your faith is like gold and your trials are like the refiners fire. God will use them to burn away all the dross and fruitless waste from your soul.
Proverbs 17.3, "The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord trieth the hearts."
I see you shining already from the trials you've experienced. You're turning to God and to His Word for help, and this is a fruit of those past experiences. You are responding to such things in such a way that glorifies God's work in you, and he has promised that "those who honor me, I will honor."(1 Samuel 2.30)
Take courage then. God has an eternal purpose in afflicting you and it is a sweet one!
2 Corinthians 4.16-18, "So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal."