Facing Adversity: A Biblical PerspectiveOct 10, 2023
In the midst of attempting something new, have you ever run into challenges that led you to question whether or not you were on the right course?
Maybe you wondered if you were outside of God’s will due to apparent “doors” that were closing?
Well be encouraged! Throughout the pages of the Bible, there's a recurring theme: individuals who were called by God to undertake a particular mission often face seemingly insurmountable challenges.
These adversities, rather than deterring them, often solidified their commitment and deepened their faith, and the same can be true for you.
The following will encourage you the next time you feel called to step outside your comfort zone and embark on something new, and things get hard.
I was reminded of this when reading this morning, the 1 Corinthians 16:9 passage where the Apostle Paul writes, "For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries." Paul acknowledges that even amidst the profound opportunities God provides, challenges are plenty. It's a revealing insight into Paul's mindset. Despite recognizing the adversaries, he remains unwavering, using the challenges as testament to the significance of his mission.
Such stories are not unique to Paul. Consider Moses, tasked with leading the Israelites out of Egypt. Faced with a stubborn Pharaoh, plagues, and doubt from his own people, Moses could easily have been discouraged, thinking he may have misunderstood God’s calling. Yet, he persevered, understanding that the gravity of the challenges was commensurate with the importance of his divine mission.
Similarly, Esther, though initially hesitant, bravely confronted King Ahasuerus to save her people. The potential cost? Her very life. Yet, she understood her divine appointment, stating, "If I perish, I perish."
These biblical examples teach us a profound lesson. When we feel God's calling, it's essential to remain steadfast, even when confronted with adversity, trials, things not going our way, or difficult roads. Contrary to some modern interpretations, facing difficulties isn't necessarily a sign that we're on the wrong path. In fact, the Bible suggests the opposite: resistance might be evidence that we are indeed aligning with God's will and, as such, facing spiritual opposition.
In conclusion, as believers, we mustn't be disheartened when faced with challenges while pursuing God's call. Adversity is often a part of the journey. The Bible teaches us that it's not a sign to retreat but to dig deep, to persevere, and to remember our purpose and our calling. The journey might be arduous, but the destination, under God's will, is worth every challenge.
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Until next time, turn your adversity into opportunity and make it a great week!
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