Trials and tribulations are inevitable.
James did not say...
“If we encounter problems consider it joy,”
“When we encounter problems
consider it joy."
May we respond to adversity with Joy.
God's ultimate purpose for us... is for us to grow
more and more into the image of His Son.
Life is full of adversity.
Difficulties and struggles are facts of life.
Adversity, for the most part, gets our attention.
Regardless of the circumstances we 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.
We can realize peace and joy knowing that...
God can turn our entire world around...
even in the midst of it all.
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
There is a purpose, indeed, for the problems
we are encountering. 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.
God is exceedingly ingenious in the way He orchestrates
things in order to cause all things to work together for our
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.
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
Trust, God allows some things to happen. God has a
purpose for every trial that comes into our lives. Nothing
in God's universe happens by chance or accident, or
without God’s approval or purpose.
It’s virtually impossible to get through life without having
to wrestle with pain, difficulties, inconveniences, rough
spots, and hardships.
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
As those grueling, out of control, challenges come into
our lives, we may find ourselves baffled and totally unable
to understand why these things are happening. The enemy
is very begrudging and malicious and is notorious for
using adverse situations and conditions to attack and
assault our faith and conviction. He is always looking
for someone to devour. He desires to make the believer's
life miserable. He wants to rob us of our faith, joy,
productivity, and peace of mind.
Satan doesn't want to see any of us walking in our
calling or seeking, praising or worshipping God, period.
all kinds of doubts and questions about God's grace and
our faith. He will even try to convince the believer that
they are not a believer at all.
The devil is a liar! His goal is to destroy our lives. He
wants to get us sidetracked, hurt, doubtful, weakened,
deceived, distraught, discouraged and angry. He wants
believers to miss all that God has planned for us... He
The Scriptures warns us to stay alert,
awake and watchful.
God is perfectly able to carry out anything whatsoever to a
bountiful culmination without the possibility of
imperfection or failure. All of creation is under God's
control, and anything under God's control... is ever out
of reach or control.
Adversity is a call to re-evaluate our priorities,
motivate us to have a closer walk with God, help
us to grow to be more like Jesus, and less like
our carnal-selves, in our daily lives.
We all carry around emotional baggage of some kind;
baggage that can bring with it uneasiness, nervousness,
fear, discomfort, hurt, guilt, regret, remorse, shame,
disgust, self-doubt, anxiety, unpredictability, fragility,
instability, insecurity, and the dreadful butterflies in
People can grow after a crisis. Many have proven
themselves to be more powerful than the opposing
forces. They managed to get to the other side of
adversity. More likely than not, they discovered
a part of themselves, as well as new paths and
purposes in life they did not know existed.
Highly challenging life crises can help us grow,
develop wisdom, find resilience, inner strength,
transform us in profoundly, fundamentally
positive ways, and help us lead deeper and more
Adversity is the catalyst for self-discovery and new
growth. 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.
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.
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
The rains, the winds, and the floods will come…
and there is no social scale 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…
there is nothing 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.