Times of Adversity
All too often in our lives, it’s easy to get caught up in the good times and forget where those blessings come from. When things are going well, we tend to give ourselves credit. Thinking things like, “I got this promotion because I’m such a good person.” Or, “I must be lucky for this to be happening right now” without a second thought towards God who provides all the blessings and joys in our life. Prayers of need are often said more than prayers of thanksgiving. And perhaps that’s the reason why God chooses to bless us with times of adversity.
Blessed Through Suffering
Yes, I said that times of adversity are a form of blessing. The reason is that once things start going bad in life the first thought to cross most people’s minds is drop to their knees in prayer. Nothing seems to bring us closer to God than our suffering. Not only will dealing with adversity bring you closer to God. It will also enable you to help others draw closer to God. As it says in Second Corinthians, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we are comforted by God”.
Closer to God
This is far from the only time that adversity is seen as a blessing in the Bible. In fact, the New Testament mentions the blessings of suffering in at least forty-eight different verses. Life simply isn’t possible without experiencing times of adversity. And that’s good as long as you use that opportunity to draw nearer to God. On your own, it isn’t possible to overcome such painful events as loved ones passing, severe health issues, losing a job, or losing your home. However, God is a God of love and comfort and trusting him completely will give you the strength and courage needed to overcome in times of adversity.
The Bible is full of people that we look up to who had to overcome extreme obstacles in their lives. But, it was in dealing with that suffering that God turned average men and women into overcomers. Paul was imprisoned and ridiculed through most of his ministry, and he seized the opportunity to preach about Christ. Esther was to be killed and instead she was able to save her people. Without their suffering, they could have never become the incredible people we read and learn about today.
Embrace your times of adversity and remember it is God who will always bring you through your suffering.