Blessing Out Of Adversity

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Once upon a time, a farmer’s mule fell into a dry well. When the farmer heard the mule braying and realised what had happened, he determined that neither the mule nor the well was worth the trouble of saving. Instead, he called his neighbours together and enlisted their help in burying the old mule in the well and putting him out of his misery. Initially, the old mule was very upset. You would be too if you were deep in a hole and people started throwing dirt on top of you! But as the dirt rained down on his back, the old mule had a thought. He decided that every time a shovel of dirt landed on his back that he would shake it off and step up and that was what he did. As the dirt cascaded down the well, the old mule kept shaking it off and stepping up. Hours later, the exhausted mule finally stepped over the wall and out of the well. And what was meant to bury him actually became a blessing to him. You know, in the same way, one of the most encouraging and uplifting truths of Scripture is that out of our adversity come God’s blessing. Now Paul agreed with this when he said in Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” I am told in the town of Enterprise, Alabama, stands a monument to the Mexican Boll Weevil. The story behind the monument is that in 1895, the Mexican Boll Weevil, which is an insect, completely destroyed the town’s major crop, cotton. After the disaster, the farmers began to diversify, eventually planting peanuts. The peanuts thrived and the farmers reaped profits far exceeding anything cotton had ever produced. So with their newfound wealth, they erected in the town square a monument to the Boll Weevil which says: ‘In profound appreciation to the Boll Weevil and what it has done as the herald of prosperity, out of a time of struggle and crisis has come new growth and success. Out of our adversity has come blessing.’ You know, one thing is absolutely certain in life. No one is free of trouble. In fact, the oldest book of the Bible, Job says this in chapter 5 and verse 7: “Man is born unto trouble.” In fact, one day everyone of us will be confronted with adversity without warning. Something may happen that will change your life forever. You know, in the midst of the trials and tribulations of life, we can be triumphant. Paul reminds us of this in Romans 8 when he said: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Nay, but in all things, we are more than conquerors through Him that love us.” You see, God does not promise that only good things will happen to us people but He does promise that whatever happens, He will use it for His and our eternal benefit. Friends, my prayer for us today is this: may the Spirit of God take the Word of God and bless you abundantly with it today.