Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble. Job 14:1 KJV
In times of adversity, we often find ourselves searching for solace, hope, and strength. It is during these challenging moments that our faith and resilience are put to the test. Yet, it is also in these very moments that we can draw closer to our spiritual path and discover a deeper connection with God.
God assures us that He is nearer to us in times of adversity (Psalm 34:18). Yet we often struggle to sense the presence of God when we face hardships. Finding strength in adversity is a powerful and transformative process that allows believers to overcome their existential crises and emerge stronger, wiser, and more Christ-centered.
The Bible provides many helpful instructions to find strength in adversity. In Psalm 23:1, David teaches us about the providential care of God. Therefore, in the darkest valleys of life, we can be confident of God’s unfailing presence and remember that we are not alone. The Lord is our shepherd, guiding us through the adversities that lie before us. We can take solace in His presence and trust that we shall not want for His comfort and provision.
Adversity can cloud our judgment and test our faith. They can feel like a storm that will never pass. Yet we are to trust in God’s faithfulness even when we cannot see the way forward. Because God does not waste any experience, we can remain confident that He is working behind the scenes to bring blessings out of our struggles.
In times of adversity, we must pray for the patience and courage to persevere without losing our faith in God. Doing so may push us beyond our comfort zone, but at the same time draw us closer to God. Then we will be able to "Count it all joy, my brothers when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness." – James 1:2-3 (ESV)
It is important to note that adversity does not necessarily indicate weakness or guilt. Job was a righteous man, yet he experienced life-transforming adversity that tested his faith and forced him to reevaluate his understanding of God and his relationship with God. When Job’s spiritual weaknesses were exposed, he held on to his faith in God. Indeed, when adversity leaves us feeling weak and powerless, we should remember that God's strength shines brightest in our weakness. This is the message Paul received from God in 2 Corinthians 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me." Consequently, we can embrace our vulnerabilities, for it is through them that we can experience the divine power and grace that will carry us through.
As we navigate the trials and tribulations of life, remember that adversity is not an obstacle; it is an opportunity for spiritual growth. In our moments of struggle, turn to the word of God for Holy Spirit-led instructions to find the strength to persevere. We should look for comfort in the presence of Almighty God through prayer, trust in His plan, and draw strength from our faith. Through faith and perseverance, we can weather any storm and emerge stronger on the other side.
Questions for Personal Reflection
How do you deal with adversity?
Why do you think God allows believers to go through adversity?
Prayer- Blessed Lord, thank you for being my shepherd when I go through the valley of the shadow of death, and my comforter in sorrow. Please help me to persevere and grow stronger in adversity as you draw me nearer to you through your word.