God is exceedingly ingenious in the way He orchestrates
things in order to cause all things to work together for our
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 warn us to stay alert, awake and watchful.
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.
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 under God's control... nothing is ever out of
reach or control.
It’s virtually impossible to get through life without having
to wrestle with pain, difficulties, inconveniences, rough
spots, and hardships.
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
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
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
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
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 to adversity
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.