7 Biblical Answers for Dealing With Adversity

7 Biblical Answers for Dealing With Adversity

by Dr. David Jeremiah

Perhaps the only thing worse than experiencing adversity firsthand is watching a loved one go through difficulties. What can you do? What should you say? Should you say anything at all? Each circumstance requires sensitivity and prayer. There are no easy answers, but God’s Word provides reliable advice for every situation. Here are a few pointers to get you started.

How Do I Move Beyond Discouragement?

The journey begins with elevating our perspective and remembering God’s faithfulness. If we are going to move from despair to hope, we must fill our hearts with compassion and find our strength in God. Regardless of events going on around us, we need to continue serving Him faithfully. As we build our lives on the foundation of Jesus Christ, we can contribute in ways that will outlive us, outlast us, and restore hope for the future.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

I Am Afraid to Fail. How Can I Be Effective for God?

Throughout Scripture, we see God helping His children overcome their fears and weaknesses, and He promises to do the same for us. When we don’t know what to do and we’re caught up in fearful insecurity, we need to focus on the knowledge that God has called us to something—that He has given our lives a purpose. Keeping our eyes on Him will fill our hearts with optimism and hope. God does not require us to be successful or perfect, just faithful.

Arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. Joshua 1:2-3

How Do I Remain Strong When Facing an Ongoing Illness?

The greatest challenge is to keep trusting God. The loss of health exposes us to possible suffering, chronic pain, and losing all we hold dear in life. Health challenges should be faced the same way we face any other challenge in the Christian life—with faith in God’s power to accomplish His purposes. It is important to remember that as long as we’re in this world, God intends to use us. Our work isn’t over until He takes us home. In sickness or health, we should persevere—to do the work God has for us each day.

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21

Will God Ever Stop Loving Me?

It is impossible for God to stop loving us. He not only loves; He is love (1 John 4:16). Paul described all the things that might possibly separate a Christian from God’s love in Christ, only to conclude that none of them “shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” If we feel unloved, we must focus on what the Bible says. God doesn’t love us because of what we do or don’t do; God loves us because He is love and it is His nature to love us. He cannot help Himself.

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

How Can I Experience Peace Amid Financial Troubles?

In such times, it is important to focus on what no one can take away: God’s love and our relationships with loved ones. The positive part of losing our treasure is remembering that earth is not a safe storehouse. Jesus exhorted His followers to store up treasure in heaven, not on earth. It is a reminder to us not to invest in things that are temporary but to invest in things that will last for eternity.

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21

How Can I Deal With Anger Toward My Spouse?

Sinful anger is a threat in marriage just as it is in any relationship—only more so. Because of the time and intimacy involved, marriage is a perfect venue for displays of anger. The apostle Paul says the remedy is to deal quickly with the issues that fuel anger (Ephesians 4:26)—not impulsively, but in a way that promotes forgiveness and reconciliation. He also warns that failure to resolve anger quickly gives “place to the devil” (Ephesians 4:27). Swift reconciliation is the best way to keep the devil where he belongs—out of your marriage.

Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble. Hebrews 12:14-15

How Can I Deal With a Rebellious Child in My Home?

God puts parents in a place of responsibility in the home. Although parents can’t protect their adolescent children from the pain of rebellion, they can stay beside them to provide safety and security. Sometimes firm boundaries and loving correction are needed—prayerful parents must do their best to find wisdom. And they must remain the parents, letting the struggling child know that boundaries won’t be moved. Above all, parents must remain vigilant in their quest to love a rebellious child unconditionally and communicate that love.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5

The content of this article is based on Answers to Questions About Adversity. If you would like to share biblical truth with someone but don’t know where to begin, this book provides topical information about suffering, temptation, anxiety, loneliness, family problems and more.

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