Faith versus Adversity
A trial is a test of your faith, character, and endurance.
Many years ago, fishing for codfish in the northeast had become a lucrative commercial business. The fishing industry recognized that a great market for codfish existed all over America, but they had a major problem in the distribution. At first, they simply frozen the fish as they did all their other products, and shipped it out across the country. But for some reason, after the codfish was frozen, it lost its taste. So the owners decided to ship the fish in huge tanks filled with the fresh seawater. They thought for sure that would solve the problem and keep the fish fresh. But to their dismay, this process only made matters worse. Because the fish were inactive in the tank, they became soft and mushy, and once again they lost their taste.
One day, somebody decided to put some catfish in the tank with the codfish. Catfish are natural enemy of codfish, so as the tank traveled across the country, the codfish had to stay alert and active, and be on the lookout for the catfish. Amazingly, when the tank arrived at its destination, the codfish were as fresh and tasty as they were in the Northeast.
Like that catfish, perhaps adversity was dropped in your path for a purpose. It was put there to challenge you, to strengthen you, to sharpen you, to keep you fresh, to keep you alive and active and growing. Granted, at times, it feels as though you have a great white shark in the tank rather than a catfish, but the adversity you are facing could very well be something God is using to push you and challenge you to be your best. The trial is a test of your faith, character, and endurance. Don’t give up. Don’t quit. Don’t whine and complain, saying, “God, why is all this happening to me?“
Instead, stand strong and fight the good fight of faith. God is giving you an opportunity for promotion. It is through the struggle that we find ourselves growing stronger.
Without opposition or resistance, there is no potential for progress. Without the resistance of air, an eagle can’t soar. Without the resistance of water, a ship can’t float. Without the resistance of gravity, you and I can’t even walk.
“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity“. Albert Einstein
A Prayer For Today: Thank You, Father, for the refining fire in my life; for Your loving hands that mold and remake these feet of clay into beautiful, shining testaments to your glory. Knock off my rough edges and sand down the rough spots. Soften my heart and make more like You.
“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome“. Anne Bradstreet.
Takeaway Truth: I will fight the good fight, working with God to deal with any issues He allows. And we will win.