As long as you are alive you will appreciate that life is not a bed of roses as you pursue worthwhile goals. Life will confront you with all sorts of challenges before you accomplish what you desire. I have also observed that as a believer you will experience so much adversity when you set out to advance the Kingdom of God.
The hardships you go through do not necessarily come from God but He allows them and uses them to make you a stronger person. In the face of adversity some people withdraw while others rise up and overcome. Which one are you?
Successful entrepreneurs all around the world went through some tough times before they made it big in their businesses. To overcome adversity you must go through it if you are going to rise up and reign and reach a new level of influence.
When you avoid adversity like the plague you will eventually perish at the level that you are at. This is what happened to the children of Israel when they refused to face the giants in the Promised Land. They spent 40 years in the wilderness and died there. Perhaps you are afraid that things may not work out the way you expect.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” ~ 2 Timothy 1:7
The word of God tells us countless times that we should not be afraid because God is with us. As you face your adversity remember to call upon the Lord who will guide you in facing and overcoming it.
Let us look at some positives about going through difficult times:
1. Raises your self-awareness
In my own life I have often realized that there are certain things I can do that I would not have known had I not gone through trials and tribulations. Most people do not realize how powerful they are because they have been dumbed down by the media and the people around them.
When you were growing up you were most likely told that you should pursue an education and work for a company that will take care of you. What that did to you was subconsciously program you to believe that you cannot be successful pursuing God’s calling on your life and therefore chose to settle for second best.
I am not implying that you should never work for someone else but it should only be part of the journey to becoming the best version of you. Difficult times help you realize the strengths you have and provides a platform on which to build the life that God has called you to.
2. Prepares you for the next level
A phrase that was once coined by Edwin Louis Cole says, “Life is lived at levels and arrived at in stages” Getting to the next level is always accompanied by crisis and adversity. The adversity is designed to prepare you to handle the pressures of the next level. That is why even in school you cannot graduate to the next level without passing the tests of your current level.
“Life is lived at levels and arrived at in stages.” ~ Edwin Louis Cole
If God allowed you to get to the next level without preparing you for it you would probably perish as you would not have the capacity to handle it. Every new level has new pressures and challenges to deal with so tough times prepare you to deal with the pressures at each level.
Learn to embrace adversity and lean on God to help you go through it. It is not designed to destroy you but to make you stronger as a person.
3. The enemy is afraid of you
Whenever you pray to God with the goal of advancing His Kingdom remember that the devil is also listening. He does not lie idle as you begin to pursue God’s will but will wrestle you because you have become a threat to his agenda.
Instead of being discouraged you should realize that you are doing something right that has got the enemy’s attention. Sometimes you will see other people prospering in their wicked ways and get discouraged when you are not seeing the outcome you want.
Remain steadfast and remember that tough times never last but tough people do.
4. To have a testimony
The reason you go through a test is so that you have a testimony to share and inspire other people. Some of the struggles you experience do not make sense as you go through them but make sense later in life when you connect the dots.
The purpose of your testimony is so that other people resonate with you and are inspired to pursue God’s calling on their lives. So it is not always about you but other people too. At a seminar I heard a statement that said, “Facts tell, stories sell.”
The next time you encounter adversity remember these important lessons. Adversity is designed to get you to the next level and make you stronger.