March 16 Facing Winds of Adversity

scripture reading: Hebrews 13:5–9
key verse: Psalm 57:1

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me!
For my soul trusts in You;
And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge,
Until these calamities have passed by.

When the winds of adversity whip up swirling whitecaps of stress, you can rely on several calming biblical truths to anchor your inner person.

First, recall God’s activity in the lives of His people (and yours) in the past: “Remember those who led you.… Imitate their faith” (Heb. 13:7 nasb). The lives of Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David, Daniel, Peter, and Paul are illustrations of God’s dealing with men. Examine His methods. Investigate their response.

Second, count on God’s fixed, unfluctuating character: “Jesus Christ is the same” (Heb. 13:8 nasb). God rewards your faith as He did Abraham’s, your obedience as He did Joshua’s, your commitment as He did Daniel’s, your repentance as He did David’s. You can depend on God to act consistently with the revelation of Himself through His Word.

Third, magnify the power of God’s grace: “It is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace” (Heb. 13:9 nasb). Grace works every time. Grace is His supernatural provision for every need, every problem, every circumstance. Grace overwhelms every obstacle, overflows every failure, overcomes every dilemma.

Heavenly Father, give me the grace that overwhelms every obstacle, overflows every failure, and overcomes each dilemma. I rest in the assurance that Your grace works every time.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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