I have a dear friend going through what can only be described as a tough couple of months, a rough patch, and a challenging time of overwhelming emotional turmoil and adversity. She is on a mission to be a spiritual child of strong character and equally strong faith. She’s not perfect, but her efforts have been nothing short of exceptional. After all, growth is progress isn’t it? There’s something about the act of continued resiliency that builds maximum character.
That path is never easy. It’s strewn with landmines and concentrated, thorny thickets in
which the enemy tries to blow up our world and ensnare us in distractions and sin. Keep in mind, Jesus endured his thorns, but made it a symbol of everlasting sacrifice. What I hold true and share with you now is that your future self is dependent on your present self. Character is driven by adversity. How you handle and come through hard times will be one of the important factors that determines who you will one day be.
With all of the garbage we deal with on a daily basis, the enemy would have us believe we are weak. He would have us believe we are not worthy. He would have us believe we are at fault. He would have us believe his lies. It’s all a trap. If you find yourself being tested through the trials of this world, know there is always hope. Storms are temporary. Just like a storm lasts only for a short while, so do the things that drive us to the edge.
Below you will find several verses from the Books of Psalm and Isaiah that are inspiring in times of powerlessness and fragility. If you are in a time of hardship in your life, if you feel a weight on you that is dragging you further from your family, friends, and faith – you too can take comfort in the following verses. God speaks to us through the Bible. It is his most direct tool of communication with us.
If you feel you are bending ready to break or your light is dwindling, know this:
He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle. He will bring justice to all who have been wronged. – Isaiah 42:3
If you feel alone, know you are not:
For I hold you by your right hand – I, the Lord your God. And I say to you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.’ – Isaiah 41:13
If your world is being rocked by waves of despair, know they will be subdued:
You rule the oceans. You subdue their storm-tossed waves. – Psalm 89:9
If you feel vulnerable, you will be protected:
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. – Isaiah 43:2
If you feel resentment or anger, temper your temper:
Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper – it only leads to harm. – Psalm 37:8
I realize in the heat of hardship, it is difficult to focus on the positive and future. But the most fulfilled people I know are the ones who work through adversity, rather than dwell in it. They are doing their best to overcome rather than succumb. We were designed with elasticity to stretch our boundaries and buoyancy to ride the waves. What a masterful plan!