August 21: Adversity Doesn’t Kill

Three hundred years ago, a prisoner condemned to the Tower of London carved this sentiment on the wall of his cell to keep up his spirits during his long imprisonment: “It is not adversity that kills, but the impatience with which we bear adversity.”

Rebelling against difficulties or obstacles that can’t be legitimately avoided only makes a bad situation worse.  Ordinary common sense recommends that we ride the storm, not buck it.  But going one step further—from the natural to the supernatural—makes it easier still to bear adversity patiently.

Once you recognize that your suffering can actually bear fruit if you try to have the same purpose as Christ, then there will be the hidden joy of accomplishment even in bearing the Cross which He bore for us 2,000 years ago.

Because He Himself was tested…He is able to help those who are being tested.  (Hebrews 2:18)

Be by my side this day, Jesus, helping me bear my crosses.

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