Generally, people or human beings do not like adversity in their lives, at all. And technically, in truth, it can be practically said that, “Nobody likes adversity.” But, on the other hand, although people do not like adversity, God usually has good reasons or purposes, when and why it is valid and necessary to sometimes allow adversity.
Based on the bible, sometimes God allows adversity because the people or person was disobedient or stubborn (see Genesis 3 and Deuteronomy 29:14-29), or sometimes God allows adversity because God is giving the people or person the opportunity to exercise their faith in Him. For example, in the case of Queen Esther (see Esther 3-9), and in the case of Job (see Job 1-42). Either way, when God allows adversity, it is usually for a good reason and for a valid purpose. And, there is hope and comfort in having this understanding.
Therefore, it is valuable to consider this question, “How can anyone successfully overcome adversity in their life?” The short answer is, “By exercising their faith in God.” Of course, the other option is to try to overcome adversity all by one’s self (that is, to try to overcome adversity without God’s help), but this is not a valid option. Jesus already said, “Without me, you can do nothing,” (see John 15:5). Hence, the option or choice to try to overcome adversity all by oneself, without God’s help, can be dangerous and destructive. In fact, it can eventually send a person’s soul to hell, if it is not repented of, because, it is the equivalent of trying to live life separate from God, who is the source of life. But, thank God that He is merciful, kind and forgiving. Nonetheless, God is always just, and we should not take God’s kindness for granted. God’s mercy is not a license to sin, but to live in faith and in righteousness.
By considering another case in the bible, it is clear that in righteousness, faithfulness, and kindness, God judged and redeemed King David out of all his adversities (see 2 Samuel 4:9, 2 Samuel 12:11, and in overall, 2 Samuel 12:1-25). And, in some cases, God sometimes allows adversity for a nation or a city (see 2 Chronicles 15:6 and in overall, 2 Chronicles 15). Regardless of the level of involvement, the key point is that, when it comes to overcoming adversity, it is important to trust in God and to exercise faith in God. By trusting in God, it will allow the connection and the relationship to work with God, and by exercising faith in God, it will allow actions to be taken to overcome the adversity. The goal is to successfully overcome the adversity, and to take the opportunity to continue to grow to become better.
In the bible, the case with King David is also a good example of a person trusting in God during a time of adversity, while also believing in God for deliverance. In Psalm 31:1, King David wrote, “In You, O Lord, I put my trust; Let me never be ashamed; Deliver me in Your righteousness.” And in addition, based on the life story of King David, clearly with God’s help, he was able to overcome all his adversities, as well as, achieving some really great accomplishments in his life for God’s glory. The case with Job is also another good example of how God preserved a person during adversity, and later restored and blessed him more than he had ever been before. Similarly, Queen Esther is another good example of how God strengthened a person during adversity, and her courage grew tremendously in the process. And, in addition, Queen Esther was greatly blessed.
Other relevant bible passages to keep in mind about adversity include, Proverbs 17:17, Proverbs 24:10, and Ecclesiastes 7:14. In addition, it is important to note that God can provide teachers and guidance to help you while you are experiencing adversity (see Isaiah 30:20-21). Also, it is important to note that, God can turn your enemy to become supportive of you during your time of adversity (see Jeremiah 15:11).
Likewise, it is significant and essential to note that, based on God’s standard, adversity will at some point, and eventually, come to all people, but, life is always a precious gift (see Jeremiah 45:4-5). And, there is great hope when we live our lives with God, keep in mind, Psalm 34:19, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all.” Meaning, God can deliver you from all your adversities too, if you trust in God and you exercise your faith in God. And, in addition, God can provide a shield of protection for you, if you trust in Him (See Psalm 18:30).
Therefore, by the grace of God, if you are not yet saved, or you do not yet have a relationship with God, make the choice today to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. Click here to learn how to become saved or how to start a relationship with God. Receive the Salvation of God today and become a member of God’s family. Be saved by God and be blessed always. Live your best life with God, and live inspired.
Article post by Evangelist Dr. Unyime E. Bond
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