Adversity. Life would be so much easier without it, wouldn’t it? We would have much more peace if it weren’t for adversity, right? Adversity seems to be the great interruption of life and peace. We even ask God, in so many of our prayers, to remove it from our life.
We’re not alone. The apostle Paul called his greatest adversity a "thorn in the flesh.” He prayed at least three times for God to take it away...but God refused to do so! God’s answer? “My grace is sufficient,” and “My power is made perfect in weakness.” Paul eventually came to have a proper perspective on adversity and stopped asking God to take it away from him. He even began to see great value in it:
“We can rejoice...when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.” Romans 5:3-4
Adversity develops Character.
Character develops Perseverance.
Perseverance develops Hope.
In all of this God is trying to teach us that:
Adversity is not an interruption to life. It's a crucial part of life. We shouldn’t run from it. We should learn through it.
When Adversity enters our life, rather than viewing it as our enemy, we should view it as an opportunity for us!
Adversity is an opportunity to learn something new about God.
We often don’t look up until we hit the bottom. Adversity pushes us toward God. Adversity forces us to trust God. Adversity moves us to surrender to God. Adversity gives us an opportunity to grow our faith. It teaches us to trust God more!
Adversity is an opportunity to learn something new about ourselves.
We often give God to much blame and not enough credit. I doubt God caused most of our adversity. We often bring the biggest part on ourselves. What can we learn during this season of adversity? What mistakes have we made? What do we need to do differently next time? Adversity gives us the opportunity to grow and be transformed by the renewing of our mind.
Adversity is an opportunity to focus on the big picture.
Adversity NEVER lasts forever. Jesus saw to that. That means that in the eternal scheme of things, adversity is no big deal. Paul understood this. He said:
“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” 2 Corinthians 4:17
Today, stop asking God to take away this adversity. Instead, ask Him to teach you something new about Him; new about yourself; and help you see this adversity in light of eternity. reach out and ask for some perspective and counsel. There now. Feel that hope rising up in you?
One final note: You know what we learn from the turtle? When adversity knocks us upside down, we might need a little help to get everything turned back over and headed in the right direction!
We would love to help you do that! Drop us a line and let's talk about how we might help you get up and moving THROUGH the adversity!