adversity

“The only thing that will enable me to enjoy adversity is the acute sense of eagerness of allowing the life of the Son of God to evidence itself in me. No matter how difficult something may be, I must say, ‘Lord, I am delighted to obey You in this.’ Instantly, the Son of God will move to the forefront of my life, and will manifest in my body that which glorifies Him.” – Oswald Chambers

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What is adversity? Merriam-Webster defines adversity as “a difficult situation or condition : misfortune or tragedy.” In other words, it’s a tough situation that we may find ourselves in. When I read this the other day, it hit me pretty hard. As a pastor I deal with adversity all the time.

If you have a pastor in your life, ask them about adversity. You’ll find that most pastors deal with adversity in their churches. People pick apart their sermons, chastise their decisions, ignore their needs, and expect them to be at their beckoning call. Adversity comes with the territory.

Yet, here Chambers is saying that I need rejoice in adversity. I reminded what Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 5:16:

Rejoice always.

Rejoice when I face adversity because it means I  must fall on my knees and beg God for strength. Rejoice when someone chastises me because it means I must lean on Jesus for encouragement. Rejoice in all adversity because it sends me to Jesus.