Adversity is a state of hardship or affliction; misfortune or a calamitous event. Adversities serve their purposes. They are teaching tools. According to Proverbs 24:10, “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.” Adversities teach us that there is value in the valley. Adversities carry with them the opportunities to grow beyond what we thought we could bear.
For Christians, there is always hope and joy within and beyond adversities. Adversities compel us to practice submission before God. Adversities are those unpleasant passages in life whereby if we remain true to God during those times, we come through strengthened with more wisdom and understanding.
We can’t really know the depth of our character until we see how we react to adversities. It is easy to praise the Lord and say we are blessed when things are going well. Our faith is measured at those times of sufferings if we can say like the psalmist, “I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities” (Psalm 31:7).
Adversities teach us to trust God beyond our normal level of understanding. Adversities teach us to rely totally on God. No one wants to experience adversities deliberately, but when they do happen, let’s think of them as teaching tools.