Each of us face adversity in this life. It’s how we face adversity and what we understand about it that makes all the difference.
The Christian life is a place of Higher learning—receiving our instruction from the Most High. : )
My first experience facing adversity without the option of escaping through my addiction, was at the Reformers Unanimous School of Discipleship.
In an earlier post, I shared how one of the first things I noticed there was the other ladies saying the phrase, “cast it down.” Another phrase they used was, “count it all joy.”
“Count it all joy” was a reminder from James 1:2-3…
a new response
To count it
We began to understand that our trials were really tests of our faith...opportunities to glorify God.
Our heavenly Father doesn’t simply allow us to experience adversity...but by His providence, He designs it—for each of us personally and individually! He knows and loves us!
each of us
will work to
conform us into
His Son’s image.
3 things Adversity does:
- It shows you to you.
- It shows God to you.
- It shows God to others.
you to you.
Adversity tests our faith in God. Our response to adversity reveals the true condition of our heart.
One day I made a terrible decision in reaction to adversity—and was told by my leadership there, “Your God must not be very big.”
The children of Israel failed to trust God by asking for a king…
Will we choose like they did to turn away from God? Will we reject what God, by His providence, is allowing in our life?
If we turn away from our true King, we turn to something else…an idol.
As a captive to
an escape artist.
At the RU Discipleship school, I no longer had the escape option.
I remember traveling on the bus, returning from a church fellowship one night...
It was dark outside as I sat looking through the windows. It had been a stressful week and I felt empty inside. The craving to drink alcohol filled me.
I was missing the relief I used to find in it. That’s when I saw the neon lights of a bar as we drove past. The ache I felt reminded me of labor pains. I really needed relief!
Have you ever felt like that? Like life is getting to be too much? If only you could get some relief, if only temporarily?
you’ll know the
exam for that
God is working
on in your heart)
If I'd been able to go home that night, I probably would have given in to the temptation to drink. Thankfully that was not an option. Instead, by God's grace I was able to share my struggle with the other ladies after we got back.
One of them said that those “labor pains” I was feeling would soon pass and a beautiful new life would begin. She was so right! : )
an exam has
to choose from,
choices to make
in our times
So we have decided to trust God. We are willing to accept the adversity we are facing as coming from Him. Now what?
In the midst of our troubles, God will guide and give us wisdom. Maybe it will be just the right verse or the counsel of an encouraging godly friend.
"the right escape"
to endure it.
With adversity comes the opportunity to see God fulfill His promises to us!
One of the biggest faith-builders for me is when I see the faith others have in God—especially by their response to adversity.
I can think of someone right now whose life is glorifying God by the way she is responding to one of His ultimate tests...
This dear lady has been diagnosed with cancer. It never fails, each time I see her at church, she has the look of perfect love and peace. Her eyes shine with Christ’s presence.
Her response to adversity is showing God to us. I pray that my faith in God would be so pure and strong.
The beautiful truth that Jesus Himself is praying for us, that our faith fails not:
Dear friend, I’m praying for you too…that you will be better equipped for whatever adversity you face. We can know without a doubt that Jesus knows exactly what we are going through and He is with us, praying for us, and will turn our trials into blessings!