The Power In Adversity
As i watched the NFC Championship game, i became disappointed for my football team as it’s leader, Russell had about everything that could go wrong in a championship game happen. After 4 picks or interceptions and no completions, the Seahawks were trailing 16 to nothing. Russell Wilson had a quarter back rating just a little above 0.0. As you know by now, Seattle came back in the 2nd half and won the game. As they were interviewing Russell, with tears of joy running down his face, the question was asked. How did you do it? Why didn’t you give up? He simply said, we are taught to always remember our ABC’s. The reported asked, what does that mean? Russell replied; “Adversity Builds Character”. He went on to say, “we knew we could win the game in the last 2 quarters and overtime”.
I remember words of the Apostle Paul in Romans 5:1-5:
Romans 5:1-5 (NLT)
1 Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.
2 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.
4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.
5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
In v3 and v4, the Apostle writes ,we can rejoice, too when we are in overwhelming adversity for “we know” that they help us develop endurance and endurance develops strength of character and character strengthens our resolve or “confident hope” that God will deliver us out of our adverse problems.
A football game has 4 quarters and when there is a tie, it goes into an extra period to find out who has won. Dear friend, you don’t have to worry about the victory over you troubles, you don’t have to worry about the results. The Lord Jesus Christ has already won. The blessed outcome has been decided in our favor. We are more then victors in Christ. In all our troubles we are more then conquerors.
Romans 8:37 (NLT)
37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
Just keep fighting the good fight. Our God is on time all the time. This we know:
Romans 8:28 (NLT)
28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
Remember your ABCs