Adversity Moves Us Forward

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You know, the Bible is filled with many challenges. One such challenge is found in Hebrews 12:12-13. The Word says: “Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; and make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.” Adversity prods us to grow and prepares us to minister to others. Oftentimes, adversity is simply God trying to get our attention. It is God attempting to reveal to us His Will, pushing us to take a step of faith and moving us forward in our Christian life. You know, when a mother eagle builds her nest, she begins with unlikely materials such as rocks, thorns, bits of broken branches. Before she lays her eggs, she blankets her nest with feathers and fur from animals that she has killed. The soft, downy nest makes a perfect home for her eggs. Her growing young are so comfortable, when they are old enough to fly, they are reluctant to leave the nest. That’s when the mother eagle begins to stir up the nest. She uses her iron talons to rip up the inner lining of feathers and fur, revealing the broken branches and the sharp rocks underneath. The nest becomes uncomfortable for her young, prompting them to fly away and pursue the life of a mature eagle. But you know in the same way, God often stirs up our nest through adversity and difficulty, encouraging us to step out of our comfort zones and to move forward in our Christian life. Sometimes we are so hard-headed and often hard-hearted that God uses adversity, telling us to move on or to move out or to move forward in our Christian life. Remember in Matthew 10:23, Jesus was instructing His disciples and he said to them: “If they persecute you in this city, flee to another.” In other words, adversity was their indicator that it was time to leave. It was time to move forward. It was time for them to move on. Maybe you are encountering difficulty and adversity in your life and in your workplace. Could God be telling you that it is time to move on or maybe it is time for you to take a step of faith? Or maybe your life is just a mess and for you, it is simply time to come back to God and to start living for God. You see my friends, God is and He always is working. But the question is, are you listening? Maybe God is stirring your nest today and God is asking you to come back to Him. Or maybe God is asking you to take a step of faith. My prayer is that the Spirit of God will take the Word of God and change you with it today.