The joy of adversity
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
Most of us have an innate sense of justice and fairness within us, don’t we?
We have the idea, and it’s a good idea, that when we do the right thing that good results will follow. Now, you and I may also have the idea that if someone does the wrong thing then failure or punishment will follow.
But things don’t always work that way do they? It certainly didn’t work that way in the life of Joseph. In the Old Testament we read that he was mistreated and misrepresented and even sent to prison, but not for doing the wrong thing, but because he did the right thing.
Joseph is an extraordinary example of someone who responded with faithfulness to God and to his convictions in spite of unfair circumstances. Whether he was going through adversity or prosperity, Joseph responded with faithfulness toward God.
Can you say that? Well, no doubt most of us would choose to avoid adversity if given the choice. But it’s precisely these moments that draw us closer to God. Difficult times have a way of focusing our need for God like no other time can.
If you’re going through adversity follow Joseph’s example. Call on the name of the Lord! Don’t focus on the problem but turn your eyes upon him and he will give you the strength to endure and to glorify him!
DIFFICULT TIMES HAVE A WAY OF FOCUSING ON OUR NEED FOR GOD THAT NO OTHER TIMES CAN.