I wonder if some of our greatest blessings arise from the ashes of adversity. Do you think that sometimes God sets up an inconvenience and adversity in order to bless us? Does the presence of adversity just force us to trust Him? Is the prize at the bottom of our adversity-crackerjack-box the hidden blessing? If we set aside our aggravation, will we find the smile of God’s intent? Do our impatience and frustration just rob us of the joy of trusting in our God?
This side of heaven we may never know all that God saves us from. Did that maddeningly slow driver, who made us late, simply save us from an accident? Are we foaming at the mouth and pushing against God’s staying hand? Am I raging against the things that are set in place to preserve me? This is an example of “Angels Watching Over Me,” but what about the inconveniences that are set in place in order for me to receive a blessing?
Living Christian Adversity
I want to give an example of that happening at LivingChristianBooks.com. We run a pretty tight ship, and shipping errors happen very, very rarely. But what I’ve seen over the years is every time there has been an issue with an order, those who responded with rage and frustration, leave that way, too. Conversely, every single one of those who responded with acceptance, leave richer. Sometimes God puts speed bumps in front of us so that we will slow down and enjoy the scenery. Not every speed bump is put in place simply to aggravate. I have seen extreme blessing come from apparent inconvenience. Often the error gives us an opportunity to have more interaction with the customer, which gives Christ further chance to flow. What might have been a singular transaction now could be relational.
This all goes back to faith and being led by peace. As a male conqueror, I can often approach obstacles with a can-do attitude. But maybe some of the obstacles I’ve conquered were meant to slow me down in order to bestow a blessing on me. Maybe they were set in place to test my trust in the God of my circumstances. If Christ is over all and in all, then my gritted teeth is just resistance to Him. I purpose to enter the rest and He will keep me there! I am not a Viking conqueror; I am a sheep of His pasture.
One God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.
Ephesians 4:6 HCSB