Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.”
– William Penn, British statesman and philosopher–
There are many people whom we consider great leaders, both throughout history and in the present day. I have read about some of them, and they definitely had a huge conviction or I am sure they could not have withstood the adversity, setbacks, and all the other things they had to deal with for sometimes long periods of time.
God must have given the Old Testament prophets something extraordinary that made them feel compelled to speak even when they didn’t feel like it. It had to be something supernatural because most of them preached for long periods of time without making many converts.
The prophets had to tell Israel that they were about to be destroyed as a nation, when many of the people were prosperous, comfortable, and had abundant lives. The problem was – they had forgotten to put God first and serve Him with their whole hearts.
Imagine how hard it would be to preach every day to people that had the mindset of Israel. In their logical mind, they could not believe that some heathen king and his army would ever be able to conquer them and take them hostage. They evidently believed that God would protect them even though they had fallen away from Him. After all, they were His Chosen People, and even though they had been told repeatedly to repent, they still would not listen.
The Old Testament prophet had a hard and thankless job. I don’t think any one of them would have gotten points for the most popular person in the city, but God had chosen each of them Himself to do this important work.
In my own personal life, when God has wanted me to take a stand against something that I knew was wrong, He has made me so miserable that if I didn’t take the stand I knew I would continue to be miserable. I either had to do what He said or know with absolute surety that I would be out of His Will if I did not obey.
I think you are able to walk through adversity much better if you have a total conviction that God has spoken. You are absolutely sure that you are doing the right thing even though the people around you might tell you that you are wrong.
If God told you to take the stand, He will give you the strength and encouragement you need for as long as you need it to continue the fight. It is amazing who and what He will use to help you get through tough times.
It is easy to say you will always be a person who stands for the right thing, but it is completely another thing to do it in the face of adversity when others either won’t stand with you because they have their own agenda, or even worse disagree with you for taking the stand and try to do whatever they can to bring you down. In these hard times you either have the choice to run to God for help or quit and go back to your comfort zone and place lots of padding around you so you don’t feel uncomfortable again.
I know that God has used tough times in my life to bring me closer to Him. I have found that when I cry out to Him in the face of adversity, He sometimes answers by getting rid of my pride, my own opinions, or anything else that might get in the way of Him being able to truly use me. Adversity usually seems like a bad thing when you are going through it, but God knows that is what it will take to make you a stronger Christian.
The next time you find yourself in the midst of adversity, remember to run TO God and let Him take care of things. In the long run, things will work out much better.
This post written by Cathy Deaton.
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