Adversity, trials, tribulations, and suffering
can shape us better than anything else.
Strength of character is shaped through trials.
It is like a good fertilizer for the mind, body, and soul.
It can stimulate tremendous growth
and bring out the very best in us.
It’s virtually impossible to get through life
without having to wrestle with pain,
difficulties, inconveniences, rough spots, and hardships.
God has a purpose for every trial
that comes into our lives.
Nothing happens to us without God’s
approval or purpose.
When we are faced with a crisis, trust...
there is nothing God can NOT do.
God will help us, heal us, protect us,
and uphold us...
bringing us through whatever the trial may be.
Troubles point out our weaknesses
and prompts us to rely on God.
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches,
in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses
for Christ’s sake:
for when I am weak, then am I strong”
(II Corinthians 12:7–10).
Adversity is a call to re-evaluate our priorities,
adversities motivate us to have a closer walk with God,
and they help us to grow to be more like Jesus,
and less like our carnal-selves,
in our daily lives.
Life is full of adversity.
Difficulty and struggle are facts of life.
People who have proven themselves to be more powerful
than the opposing forces and have managed to get to the
other side of adversity, more likely than not, discovered a
part of themselves they did not know existed.
Trials and tribulations are inevitable.
James did not say...
“If we encounter problems consider it joy,”
“When we encounter problems
consider it joy.”
Regardless of the circumstances you are facing...
God can make all things work to our good
and to our benefit.
When we can see God's hand
in our trials and tribulations...
we can become empowered by crisis
rather than impaled by them.
We can become victorious rather than victims...
The problems we are encountering, have a purpose.
We are not going through the desert
or wilderness in vain.
It is during those barren desert
and wilderness experiences...
God is at work doing something in us...
with us... and for us.
Trials are life lessons.
We all fail, from time to time, but how do we react
when difficulty and failure comes?
Do we become discouraged,
or do we pick ourselves up and try again?
Trying is the most important feature of growth.
When we fail...
all we should take with us is the experience
and knowledge of what happened...
learn from it...
and then move on.
Adversity is the catalyst for self-discovery
and new growth.
God's strength and power are greater
than anything we might see as an obstacle,
barrier, gridlock, impediment, interference,
or hindrance to the fulfillment
of our needs or desires!
With every setback...
it may just be a diversion that leads us on the path
that we need to be on.
God can turn our entire world around...
even in the midst of it all.
May we respond
Adversity is designed to strengthen our faith.
Every step in life prepares us for the next one.
We may not realize it,
but where we are now is providing us with
vital life lessons for our next adventure.
God's purpose for us
is that we grow and experience
the life He intends for us.
May we continue to grow in His grace.
We may not be where we want to be
in life... just yet.
So instead of becoming
a slave to discomfort or bitterness...
let us try blooming
where we have been planted.
How we weather the storms of life
shows what we have built our lives on.
The rains, the winds, and the floods will come…
and there is no hierarchy of more godly
and less godly.
In other words...
no one escapes the storms in life.
Through life's storms we can learn that…
in our own strength, we lack sufficient resources
and abilities to meet these challenges.
But with God...
no matter what our trial or test may be...
no matter how severe or destructive the storm…
it can never be big enough
to prevent God from accomplishing His will.
One of the most valuable results of adversity
is that through it we receive God’s comfort,
which we are then able to share with others
who face similar troubles.
God tests us to bring out the best in us.
May we seek to understand
the lessons God wants us to learn.