Can adversity ever be a good thing? It’s obviously unpleasant and no fun at all, but when God tests our faith, it can make us stronger and help us to learn lessons that make us better people. The Bible talks about how we will be refined like gold and silver – and sometimes that heat gets mighty HOT.
Those are the times when we are tempted to stop believing, stop praying and stop reading the Bible. We just want to throw our hands up and quit. If we do that it certainly does not give God glory and it makes Him sad because we’ve lost faith and trust in Him.
On the other side of that coin, we know that God is long-suffering. In other words, He’s patient with us because He knows we are human and can’t see what’s down the road like He can. God is not standing in front of us with a bat, ready to smack us if we begin to act a bit human. He knows we’re human because He created us! He created angels too – but He made them with absolutely no faith whatsoever because they don’t need it – humans need faith because we’ve not seen God or Heaven or any of what lies beyond what our eyes see.
So… God works with us when we’re in the midst of a trial. He wants us to be successful in the end. He doesn’t want anyone to fail or miss Heaven. Let’s say a prayer of thanks for God’s guidance through trials:
I know some people will think it’s odd to be thankful for the trials that come our way, but it’s God’s way of working in our lives. If only wonderful things happened in life, would we grow and learn to depend on God more? I don’t think so.
The next time you are in the midst of a trial, remember that it’s God’s way to bring you back to Him. Our God is a jealous God and wants first place in our lives. Aren’t we thankful that God has given us the privilege of praying to Him?
It’s my wish that you’ll be drawn closer to God through adversity in life. Although we as human beings don’t understand why things have to go wrong, we have to acknowledge God’s hand in all things. We raise our hands and praise Him no matter what. 🙂