Adversity Helps Us Understand Others

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You know, there are many reasons the Lord allows us to go through times of difficulty. One of the primary reasons is that it gives us an understanding of the needs of others. Referring to Jesus Christ, the Scriptures says in Hebrews 4 and verse 15: “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” You see, experiencing adversity allows us to understand and to empathise with those who are hurting. In fact, your greatest ministry will come out of your greatest hurt. Who could better minister to a couple that lost a child than another couple who went through that same experience? Who could better comfort a wife whose husband left her for an affair than a woman who went through that same agony herself? Who can better help a recovering alcoholic than someone who fought that same demon and won?
You see, God intentionally allows us to go through painful experiences to equip you to understand to help and to minister to others. A store owner placed a sign on his window, announcing: ‘Puppies for Sale’. So this small boy came in with about $2.37 in his pocket to buy a puppy. And the store window chuckled at the boy’s enthusiasm and agreed to let the boy take a look at the litter. When the mother and her puppies bounded out of the kennel, one of the puppies lagged behind. The store owner explained that the puppy had a malformed hip socket and would always limp. The boy was excited and he announced that he wanted to buy that puppy. He gave the owner the $2.37 and told him that he would pay the balance every month until the dog was paid for. The owner tried to discourage the boy warning him that that puppy would never run, it would never jump or it would never play with him like other puppies. But to that, the boy pulled up his pant leg and there he revealed a left leg supported by a metal brace. And he said to the store owner, he said, “I know how he feels. He will need someone who understands.” And you see, that is what our adversities do to us. They humble us and they soften our hearts so we are more compassionate and understanding of others. In fact, Paul said to us in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4: “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in trouble.” Maybe God has allowed you to go through some hard and difficult time in your life. You see, maybe God is allowing that to happen to you so that you can comfort others. Adversity produces an understanding of the needs of others. My prayer for you is this: may the Spirit of God take the Word of God and may He wonderfully bless you with it.