2 Corinthians 12:10 “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I’m weak, then I am strong.”
How do you face adversity? Who do you turn to? When I was struggling with adversity, there were times when I really did not know which direction to go. I felt completely lost. My mind had become so closed off to everything and everyone. Satan was trying his hardest to trap me in those times. During those darkest moments, I remember the only way I could sleep was if I cried myself to sleep. So overwhelmed and drained by life and the issues I had been facing. I just prayed and cried, prayed and cried.
Prayer. There is something powerful and marvelous about prayer. If you have not experienced it’s wonders, there may be some repenting or forgiving that needs to be done, or perhaps both. I prayed every night. I felt I had a prayer for every tear drop. I prayed multiple times a day. I was desperate for God to hear my cry and I needed clarity that he did! Being that I needed answers, I decided to do some bible studying. I needed God’s peace, and I knew he was the only one I could receive my answers from.
The very first verse I seen blew my mind. It was one of the first bible verses my mother had me memorize as a child. Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” What that one verse did for me changed my entire perspective in that very moment. It showed me that I can trust that God has intended every good, and even the worst situations I faced in life only for my good. Because what was also meant for evil by others, God still uses it for my good. There are no losses. Only gains.
It’s never easy facing adversity, but we have to remember that we do have the tools required to face any problem. God has given us his word, The Holy Bible. And within it lies the answers to life and death. Not all will understand it either. That’s why it is important to have a relationship with our Lord and Savior.
Praying for understanding will enable your spirit man to guide you to a better understanding of the word of God. However, you must seek and you must ask. Turn to God during your troubled times and times of distress. Pray and ask for his guidance. He is there ready and willing to help us.
The peace that comes from knowing where to turn is unexplainable.
I have called my friends, my mother and even my sister for advice and clarity when I was down and out. I remember I would get off the phone regretting that I had called them, instead of praying to my father about it first. I appreciate a listening ear, but I needed more than venting. I needed JESUS! He is the ONLY one you should be turning to in the midst of adversity.
The world will steer you wrong, give you bias information or opinions, and have you feeling worse than when you started. When what you need is God’s love and his word. God gives us peace when we turn to him. He’s a God who reassures us that we are his children and he loves us.
He promised to never leave or forsake us. I choose to believe God’s word over my adversity. With him I win ALL battles.