My missionary niece was working on an upcoming lesson on dealing with adversity in missions and wrote me concerning this. I’ve served God for almost thirty-five years now and encountered lots of experiences, negative and positive, along the journey. So, here are a few random thoughts on adversity.
Through the flood
Through the fire
Through the good times
Through the bad times
Bottom line: the Lord has been with us and He has always seen us through.
The exciting part of adversity is God always sees us through it, strengthens us by it, and causes us to grow in it. Sometimes the key phrase is “this too shall pass.”
The Scriptures says, “Tribulation worketh patience.” We say, “No thanks.” God says, “The medicine isn’t going to taste good but it is going to make you better.”
At times we can laugh in the face of adversity and illness BUT it is usually after the fact; on the other side of it.
God promises to bring us through and be with us on the journey. “Praise be to the LORD…who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness…As for me, the LORD has led me on the journey…” (Genesis 24:27).