Adversity for Advantage

A few thoughts from Chuck Proudfit with the Marketplace Minute™ . . .

There have been many times in my work life where everything seemed to be going wrong, and I couldn’t understand God’s purpose in it.  Not only that, the harder I tried to “fix” things, the worse they seemed to get.  Yet, I would look back months or years later, discovering retrospectively that those painful work experiences were actually helpful!


Scripture speaks to this in 2 Corinthians 1:6 . . . “If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.”


My friend, God allows faith experiences in our work lives to grow us spiritually through our work lives.  When you wrestle with the spiritual purpose behind adversity at work, rest assured that God is working all things for the good of those who love Him.



  1. Are you at a time in your work life when things just seem to be going wrong?


  1. Can you look at your own work history, and see a pattern of God working all things – even the hard things – for good?  Do you have a peace in your heart that God wants the best for you, even when outward appearances suggest otherwise?




Dear Lord, You have eyes to see far beyond our present circumstances, and wisdom to find the good in even the most difficult of challenges.  Help us to find a measure of Your sight, and a measure of Your wisdom, so that we can better understand and appreciate the many ways that You work for the good of those who love You.


At work on Your purposes - Amen

The Marketplace Minute™ is brought to you by At Work on Purpose, a non-profit work life ministry on the web at

E-mail me when people leave their comments –

You need to be a member of The Reimagine Network to add comments!

Join The Reimagine Network