What do we do when we are faced with adversity, circumstances, and challenges?
I have come to realize that not everything goes according to our expectations. It is certain that we will face some very trying and difficult times throughout the course of our life. There will be adversities and misunderstandings.
In these hard times, how do we overcome & how do we walk in victory?
I heard a story about a little boy with dreams of becoming a great baseball player. One day, he decided to go outside and practice. He held the baseball in one hand, the bat in the other, then threw the ball into the air. Trying to hit the ball as far as he could, he took a great swing but the ball just fell to the ground without even touching the bat. Not to be denied, he tried again. As he was about to throw the ball in the air, he grew more determined and wanted to hit the ball out of the park. However, the results were the same; the ball just fell to the ground. But, as any good ballplayer knows, you have three strikes before you are out. He concentrated even more, threw the ball in the air and gave the mightiest swing he had ever attempted! As the ball fell to the ground, tears began to swell in his eyes. Then, all of a sudden, a great smile appeared and he said, “What a pitcher!”
I believe that what we face is not as important as how we face it.
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Many Christians have been taught to focus on problems instead of solutions. It is our response to the adversity and controversy that ultimately determines a victorious outcome. We need to realize that whatever we are going through right now, God designed the outcome to be good for those who love Him. No matter how bad it looks, no matter what has been said about us and no matter the rejection we’ve faced, God has already mapped out the path to a good result.
[quote style=”boxed”]Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”[/quote]
Here is the question: Do you know that ALL THINGS are working together for your GOOD?
When we face adversity, circumstances, and challenges of any kind, we must face it with the confidence & knowledge that what we are facing will ultimately lead to something good. God will turn it into a benefit. We will come out on the good end of things!
Today, make the choice to see your situation the way that God sees it: Turned to good!