Can a Christian experience adversity in life? Let’s find out…
II Corinthians 1:8-9 KJV – For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired of life: But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God which raiseth the dead.
The above statement was from one of the greatest apostles that ever lived – Paul. As great as he was, troubles knew no bounds in his life. His reportage describes the intensity of the challenge he passed through…he was so pressed, above his natural strength so much that he despaired of life. Paul’s experience is like a drop of water in an ocean as there are several accounts of bible characters that went through adversities. So, the answer to the opening question is YES!
But you see, adversities happen for a reason. Paul’s statement reveals that he understood why it happened – that he might learn the secret of trusting God. There is absolutely nothing wrong in asking the Lord to show you the bigger picture when passing through adversity. I’m yet to find a kingdom general that didn’t go through adversity. Adversity introduces a man to himself. Most times, the true strength of our character is revealed under pressure; so adversities are not meant to kill us or mar us but to make us better and stronger. II Corth 4:17 says “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory”. On the flipside, I have seen Christians sleep (die) in adversity and seen fellow Christians wonder why it was allowed to happen. I may not have all the answers but I know for certain that even in death, God is glorified. Psalm 116:15 says “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints”. Whether we live or die, we glorify God!
II Corth 4:7-8 – “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair”.
The highlighted verse of scripture suggests that although trouble is constant in life, we do not succumb to it! Adversity respects the God on our inside. Every child of God is made of a built-in protective pressure absorber that ensures we don’t break in difficult times. Read Isaiah 43:2 and you’ll understand that we are wired to pass through waters/rivers and not be overwhelmed, fire/flame and not be burned. Daniel’s friends were literally thrown inside a blazing furnace and there was not even the smell of smoke on them – Daniel 3:20-27. Bible history tells us that John the beloved was also thrown into boiling oil and came out unscathed. We are simply impregnable! Glory to God!
Adversities are not as important as our responses to them. Scriptural response to adversity is rejoicing – James 1:2-3. At times, pain is inevitable but suffering is optional. I have seen Christians welcome suffering wholeheartedly as if the simple definition of Christianity is misery. God forbid! Any experience that contradicts the finished work of Christ is an oppression! We must learn to recognize satanic oppression and deal with it accordingly. Understand that God has called us to be masters of life; we are to reign in life by design – Rom 5:17. This means, we are to feast on adversities and stand tall amidst troubles. Even if your strength is small and you’re fainting under the weight of adversity, remember that the Greater One (all the fullness of God) lives in you. So, having done all you know to do; STAND! – Ephesians 6:13-14. In adversity, try to keep an even mind. Be positive and mind your company. You too like Apostle Paul, can learn to trust God in adversities.
The thing is adversities are temporal. “The darkest hour has only sixty minutes” – Morris Mandel. Psalm 30:5 – “…weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning”.
Having witnessed the multifaceted and abundant grace of God upon my life, I can testify that there’s ample supply of grace for every overwhelming challenge. You can ask God to multiply grace unto you. There’s also comfort in adversity. Our God is the Father of all comfort. There are three levels of comfort in God: Comfort by God Himself (Holy Spirit) who is our Comforter; Angelic Comfort; and Human Comfort. There’s also peace in adversity. Jesus is known as the Prince of Peace and He will certainly multiply peace unto you in adversity. So, go right ahead and praise your way through adversity as you enjoy these freebies in God!
PRAYER: I release my faith today for everyone despairing due to adversity, I declare in the name of the Prince of Peace that peace be multiplied unto you; that the God of all comfort, comfort and strengthen you. I break every cycle designed to keep you in perpetual misery in Jesus mighty name, Amen!
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