When storms of life strike without warning
In many ways, adversity is like a boot camp; it is rigorous, painful, and challenging. Difficulties cause us to adopt new routines and habits; to mature in physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of our being; and to grow in our relationship with the Lord.
During times of trial, we need to remain courageous and faithful. We also must stay steadfast in our devotion to the Lord as we battle feelings of doubt, fear, and limitation. He will provide the strength and hope not only to endure the hardship, but also to make the changes that are required of us so we can claim the blessings of God.
Thankfully, God shows us in His Word as stated in the book of Philippians chapter 3 verses 21 that He will “transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory” —to change us so we live a life honoring Him, our Savior, Jesus Christ, and face every hurdle with valor.
As a close associate of Moses, Joshua had grown in his faith and leadership abilities—he also knew all about adversity. Without question, the forty years of wandering in the wilderness had subjected him to physical, relational, spiritual, emotional, and mental hardships that helped him to understand the harsh realities of pain and suffering. Yet Joshua also knew that the Lord was with him and the nation of Israel. This assurance gave him all he needed to persevere, no matter how difficult the situation became.
When the time came for the people of God to cross the Jordan River and inhabit the Land of Promise, the Lord named Joshua as the leader to succeed Moses and admonished him about being courageous and strong. In the book of Joshua chapter 1 verse 6, 7 and 9, the Bible says; “be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
In the above passage, God shows Joshua three things that are required of him. The first one is making decisions that affected other people under his leadership. Secondly is keeping the laws and commandments, even as changes occurred. And thirdly is remembering continually that the Lord was with him, despite what circumstances might indicate to the contrary.
There will be times when each one of us needs courage in exactly the same three areas. As I always put it, it is God alone who gives us the will and power to do things better.
The storms of life strike without warning, and we find ourselves crying out to God. We need His wisdom, hope, and assurance. And when we measure life’s challenges and trials against His mighty power, we gain the courage we need to proceed on to triumph because He has already won the eternal victory for us.
The author is a graduate student of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, a Communications Specialist, and a preacher of the Word of God.