Dealing With Unwelcomed Adversity

December 28, 2012 — Leave a comment

red kite in the sky

Adversity seems  to have a key to the front door of our lives. Adversity shows up completely unwelcomed and always unexpected. If it can’t get through the front door, then it will find a window to break. Adversity is a strong wind that blows into our life from time to time.

Adversity is the intruder that loves to show up about the time everything is going right. However, don’t get over worried because I’ve heard it said, and I believe it to be true, ““Sometimes things have to go wrong in order to go right.”

Let’s face it. If everything ran smooth all the time, you might just miss the turn God wants you to make. Adversity has a way of waking you up and making you look again at your direction in life.

Adversity has a way of taking an over organized direction and bringing just enough disorganization to move you to the place you may have missed otherwise. Maybe there is another skill God wants to develop in you. Adversity is allowed into your life to build you up and not necessarily tear you down.

There is an old proverb that says, “Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” I would add my own twist for the Christian by saying; smooth paths and no wind do not make a well-equipped Christ follower.

Adversity can’t be avoided. Adversity is just part of living life. However, when adversity shows up, give it over to God quickly. Adversity in His hands gives Him the opportunity to show His power in your life.

One pastor once said it this way, “Adversity becomes the means through which His supernatural power is demonstrated.”

When I was a little boy I use to love to fly kites at the beach. There is one thing that is true of a kite. A kite doesn’t blow along with the wind. A kite rises against the wind. Your life can do the same the next time the winds of adversity arise in your life.

Allow adversity to take you higher and higher. Remember what the book of James teaches.

James 1:2-4

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Steve Wright

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Lead Pastor of Legacy Church and Author of The Descent to Compassion

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