See Adversity But Look Beyond It


And Agrippa said to Paul, "In a short time would you persuade me to be a Christian?" And Paul said, "Whether short or long, I would to God that not only you but also all who hear me this day might become such as I am—except for these chains." — Acts 26:28-29

Paul is the epitome of a man who will not quit. He perceives every circumstance, even his adversity, as an opportunity for another effort for God.

But this is how we should always view the adversities of this life. We should see them as God-given circumstances. Because when we start seeing them this way, we are more likely to see beyond the adversity to the lesson that God is teaching us. While our enemies want us to be distracted by adversity, God can use even the evil intent of others to accomplish his purposes. And while the Jewish leaders thought they were hindering Paul, these so-called "hindrances" only gave him another platform for sharing his story with some of the most influential leaders in all land. And get this, they even vindicated him.

So today, as you endure your adversity, I want you to look beyond it. Look beyond the adversity and see God's purpose in it. And stand tall as a man of God and proclaim the truth to yourself and others.

ASK THIS: What adversity are you facing right now? (Share it below.)

DO THIS: See God's purpose.

PRAY THIS: God, show me purpose and help me know it and believe it.

PLAY THIS: Don't Give Up by Calling Glory.


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9 thoughts on “See Adversity But Look Beyond It

  1. Michael Rorie says:

    Going through an adversity right now in my life. Clearing my pistol a couple of nights ago it misfired and I shot myself in the leg. I’ll get through this!

  2. Don says:

    My adversity is really leaving God out of the picture, I guess it’s distraction that leads me to not seek God in every situation

  3. Cory B says:

    My adversity is rejection and loneliness. It’s easier to be rejected by people I don’t know, but when it’s by loved ones… that stings. Especially when it’s based on the past and not the truth.

    I need to stand tall and keep faith that this is all part of His master plan and far greater than anything I could possibly ever understand.

  4. Dennis James says:

    Never give up! I have been there, wanting to quit because the pressures of adversity seemed too much to bare, BUT GOD. He has a plan, there is victory awaiting . Press on. If you are going through hell, keep on going. Press on .

  5. Chris Adkins says:

    Thanks for the daily’s . You have a very unique ability to explain the Bible characters and their experiences. It helps the learner learn better. Well done

  6. Cecil says:

    Adversity is a requirement for spiritual growth and sanctification. If we don’t take the time to sort through our baggage in life, even when confronted with it, how can we grow as a Christian? We all start somewhere on the sanctification path. In my case passivity about my own issues has been my avoidance mechanism and prevented sanctification over the years. We have to be “all in” and see any adversity for the teachable moment God is having with us.

  7. Mark says:

    I’m always reminded of James 1:2 – Consider it pure joy when you encounter various trials because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. As a believer I know that God uses every circumstance for HIS purpose in my life. Trials, adversity, challenges, and victories are ALL because of the work HE is doing in my life and every one of them is a teachable moment if I allow them to be, if I see them as things that make me stronger, and bring me closer to him. Thanks for this reminder Vince!

    • Trent says:

      Amen! That verse I a favorite around here as well.

      My adversity is mostly leading back to lack of faith. But more directly raising my family. I thought I was done raising kids but then God gave me another batch lol. I struggle with the desire to be “done” again so I can get to “my plan”. When I need to be invested in these children which is God’s plan. And I want that, I do. But my flesh and frustration often times feels the need to pout about it and I despise pouting!