3 Ways that Adversity Drew Me Closer to God

Adversity is never fun. It does not produce warm fuzzy feelings. It is much like the feeling you get when there is a conflict between you and someone else, only more so. Not wanted.

But, adversity can be used for good, did you know that? God can turn around what the enemy intended to use to harm you.

My husband and I experienced 18 months of adversity, however, it is over now as God has given us the victory. Today, I would like to share with you the top three things we learned throughout this difficult time.

 

Prayer, while in Adversity

A few years ago, I read a book about Praying Backwards by Bryan Chappell. The concept is to begin your prayer with the way we normally end prayers, that is, with the words “Thy will be done.” When we begin praying according to God’s will for us, our focus changes from ourselves to Him. We think less of how we feel the answer should be and more on letting God answer us in the way He feels is best for us. Since I read this book, I have been practicing this type of praying and, wow! When I let God be God, He answers my prayers His way and the results are beyond my thinking.

 

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As it is with this adversity. Both my husband and I pray this way and let God answer according to all He knows. I take the stand that “Father knows best” and even though I may question what is happening, I still bow to the Father’s will and let Him have His way because “I know that I know” He wants the best outcome for me.

He wants the best outcome for you too!

 

Trust, while in Adversity

While I have been a believer for 36 years, and have studied the Word and prayed and believed, I must tell you that when you are fighting for righteousness to prevail, your faith and trust in God will grow immensely. That is because you are relying on Him for the solution to your trial. Throughout the last 18 months, God gave me verses to stand on and I trusted His Word in that He was going to do what He said He would do. I stood on these verses over and over, reminding Him what He gave me.

Adversity can and should be used to grow your faith stronger in God. It will grow your trust and dependency in God as well. Don’t listen to the enemy when he tells you lies. Shut him down and run to God!

Proverbs 3:5-6 reminds us to lean on God, to fully trust in Him and not in ourselves. As finite beings with finite minds, we cannot fully know how to resolve our situation. We must trust in God.

 

Study, while in Adversity

Difficult times, no matter what they are, should always drive us to the Word of God. The answers for what we need are found there. I found God there, in His Word. As I sought Him, He revealed Himself through the words in my Bible.

Your faith will grow when you study the Word to seek answers to your situation and for solid ground to stand on. So, pray and read your Bible. Read it out loud as “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.”

Paul taught us to “stand, withstand, having done all, stand and remain standing” in Ephesians 6:11-14. I have always considered that since he repeated this word four times that it must be significant. And it is. Stand your ground! Don’t let the enemy knock you off what the Lord has already given you!

Psalm 1:2-3 speaks of letting tree roots go deep as it searches for water. Spiritually speaking, let your roots and knowledge of the Word go deep as you seek the Living Water to refresh yourself. You may not always have hours of time to study the Word deeply, but you must carve out some time, even 15 minutes, to study a passage and meditate on it throughout the day. This will bless you immensely!

 

Wrap-Up

Whatever you do, do not let the adversity drive you away from God. Instead, let it draw you closer to Him.

Go ahead, cry, be upset, question God, but don’t run away from Him. God can handle your tears, your questions, your emotions. In fact, He wants you to be honest with yourself and with Him in how you feel about this. In the end, submit to God and let Him fight your battle for you. When the time has come for the victory, you will be amazed how He won it for you!

Seek God through the Word. He will give you promises you can hold on to. Here are a few to get you started:

  • Isaiah 40:31
  • 2 Chronicles 20:15b-17
  • Isaiah 41:10
  • Hebrews 13:5
  • Isaiah 43: 1-2

The best is yet to come! Your faith will be stronger, your prayer life will be healthier and your knowledge of the Word of God will be deeper. Adversity will drive you to become a stronger Christian! If you let it, that is.

God seems to be using our difficult time to share with others in encouraging them in their adversity. Nothing is ever wasted with God! Sweet sisters, I hope this has been an encouragement to you. Please leave a comment, letting me know how this has touched you.

Hugs and

 

 

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Adversity can strengthen your faith in God through prayer, trust, and study of the Word.

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21 thoughts on “3 Ways that Adversity Drew Me Closer to God

    1. Hi, Timberley! I just saw this comment now. Thank you so much for the blogger nomination! Your kind words are much appreciated!
      I accept this award and will respond next week. Thank you, again!

  1. Your three suggestions of prayer, trust and study reminded me that these actions allow us to grow deep roots so we are secure when the storms come and we are not uprooted. Thanks, Cindy.

    1. Deep roots, yes. Roots that feed on the Living Water. Great observation, Rachel. Thank you for stopping by. Have a blessed day.

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Shana. I am also blessed in that you have been blessed. Thank you for stopping by, I hope you have a wonderful day in the Lord!

  2. So true! Nothing is ever wasted with God. Thanks for sharing. It’s important to draw near rather than away from God in the tough times. It’s a great time of growth.

  3. I’m in agreement! It doesn’t matter how long you have been a believer it gets hard!! But through those times beautiful things are birthed. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Oh, I am so glad to be able to encourage you at this time! Maybe some of my other posts will be of value to you as well! Thank you for stopping by today. Blessings to you!

  4. Absolutely! Three years ago when I was struggling with postpartum depression I prayed like never before. Sometimes it was all I could do. I learned through the adversity how to truly lean on God and also how to be more compassionate towards others.

    1. I love that God is so faithful to us! We draw close to Him and He is right there, waiting for us! Thank you for stopping by, Christia!

  5. Oh my goodness!! Saying “Thy will be done” at the beginning of a prayer!! Mind. Blown. Although it makes a lot of sense when I look at the wording in the Lord’s Prayer where it is also strategically placed in the opener. Love this.

    1. Glad this spoke to you! Hope you try it to see the difference it makes in your prayer life. ?? Thanks for stopping by today!

  6. I find adversity can draw us closer to God, but it also draws us closer to others. We can identify with their hurts more, having experienced our own hurts. It develops compassion in us for others. And our adversity can be used to minster to others. Love the idea of praying God’s will first.

    1. Hi Theresa, so glad you could stop by today. Oh, I agree that we are drawn closer to others as well as to God. And yes, we can identify with them better once we’ve experienced difficult times ourselves. I believe that is another reason why we experience adversity…I should have mentioned that!

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