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. There can be growth in adversity if we use it that way.
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.
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!
Whatever you do, do not let the adversity drive you away from God. Instead, let it draw you closer to Him. There is growth in adversity!
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 by God! Sweet sisters, I hope this has been an encouragement to you. Please leave a comment, letting me know how this has touched you.