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The right answer for when adversity calls
July 31, 2009

“In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

--John 16:33

Adversity has a way of getting our attention like other times can’t.

Think about it this way. When was the last time you were drawn closer to God as a result of easy times? It doesn’t happen that often. That’s because it is in life’s dark times that we’re most open to what God is teaching us and are therefore drawn closer to him.

Over the years, I’ve had adversity and I’ve been with people as they have struggled with adversity. And I’ve come to realize that what we really battle with in times of adversity is the desire to control our own circumstances. We want to be the ones to figure things out and to fix things our own way.

The good news about adversity is that it is not pointless. God promises to bring good out of it if we trust him. So don’t be surprised when adversity comes. Jesus has already told us it will come!

And the next time adversity comes your way, say to the Lord, “What is it you are trying to show me? I want to trust you more.” He will be right there drawing you ever closer to himself.


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