Since when is everything supposed to go just the way we want it to? People sometimes want to get settled in just the right career, marry just the right person, live in just the right house, and on and on. We don't want any snags. We do not want any detours or delays. And trials, times of testing, and adversity? No one really wants that. Prosperity doctrine has a grip on some people. Others want to continually seek God's blessings. Some want to stay in their comfort zone, whatever that is. No one desires adversity but it is necessary for personal growth.
Adversity should never be looked at as a negative. It should never be viewed as an indication that there is something wrong with a person's Christianity or spiritual walk. The Bible teaches that there is a reason for adversity. It can cause much spiritual and emotional growth in a person's life, provided that he or she responds to it in the correct way. Let's look at some key passages in the Bible that connect adversity with personal growth.
Romans 5:3-5 says that tribulation brings about perseverance, proven character, hope, and the love of God demonstrated in our lives.
James 1:2-5 and 12 speak of much the same thing, and add to it by saying that "you may be perfect and complete lacking in nothing" and will receive a crown of life.
I Peter 1:6-7 tells us that adversity is the "proof of your faith."
Hebrews 12:10-11 mentions that it is through discipline that we "share his holiness" and bring forth the "fruit of righteousness."
II Corinthians 1:8-9 talks about being burdened beyond one's strength and despairing even of life so that we might depend on God.
There are many more passages all throughout scripture that speak to this subject. In addition to what these passages teach one develops empathy and compassion for others. So, you see, adversity is a good thing. Don't expect everything to always go just right. If it is, you could be missing out on the growth that could take place in your life as well as seeing God work in your life in a mighty way.
Our prayer can and should be to experience spiritual growth as individuals, and to desire to have God's best for our lives. For that to happen there will be adversity. That is the way God grows us.
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