ADVERSITY - When can it be a good thing?

Adversity: tragedies, hardships, mistakes, weaknesses, suffering, loss, and failures can all lead to an important awareness that we are helpless and hopeless without God’s rescue. And, it’s there in our painful brokenness and subsequent rescue that gives us, and others watching the confidence that God is real and that His rescue is real.

Adversity is the anvil God uses most to shape us to become more like Him. Why then are we surprised, and unprepared, when we face difficult things? The Apostle Peter said it this way:

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange was happening to you. 

(1 Peter 4:12 ESV)