Shaped By Adversity

We all have those days and seasons in life when we feel like we are under the attack of the enemy. Moving from one adversity after another, it seems much easier to react by complaining and feeling as though it’s unfair and undeserving. While it can be overwhelming, we may think, "What's the use
However, Moses saw it a little differently. He very well understood the principle of adversity. When he led the children of Israel out of Egypt, he encountered one problem after another.
First there was no water, then there was no food. Then there were poisonous snakes. And to make matters worse, the Israelites started complaining about their troubles.
As it turned out, Moses’ life was shaped by adversity. Every hardship that took away his trust in himself strengthened his faith in the Lord.
Scripture explains that adversity produces a deeper intimacy with God. “I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death” (Philippians 3:10).
Moses’ life certainly demonstrates this, and it holds true for us today.
My friend, please don’t take it personal. Adversity is inevitable. You can try doing everything in your power to avoid it but you will not succeed.
However, a wiser approach is to keep moving forward, keep believing and trusting in the Lord, and in the end you will know that the adversity in your life has shaped you to become who you are today.
“Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him” (James 1:12).

 Carolyn Crow is a contributing writer and can be reached at