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Leaning Into Adversity

Proverbs 24:10 If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. (NRSV)

There are times in life when people, circumstances, storms and even our own emotions come against us. We call those times ‘times of adversity’ – and whilst none of us go looking for adversity, there are times when adversity finds us.

Might I ask you today, how did you feel the last time you were faced with adversity, the last time the winds were against you? Did you want to run and hide, perhaps? That’s a very natural reaction, by the way – we all have it.

And yet, as someone who over the years has spent a lot of time flying in planes, I’m often amazed that a plane always takes off – and indeed lands – into the wind, rather than having the wind at its tail.

Why? Because the laws of physics mean that, with its nose into the wind, the plane can get both lift and drag depending on whether the pilot’s trying to take off or land.

It’s a picture that serves us well when it comes to adversity – this idea of leaning into the wind, leaning into the adversity.

Proverbs 24:10 If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. (NRSV)

That seems rather harsh, doesn’t it? And yet, it’s on that day of adversity that our strength is tested. It’s on that day of adversity where our strength really matters.

None of us ever feels particularly strong in the face of adversity. But something happens when, in partnership with God, we lean into it – something quite remarkable.

Just as that plane is able to rely time and time again on the invisible laws of physics, so you and I discover time and time again that we can rely on the invisible faithfulness of God.

Don’t faint on that day of adversity. Lean into it. God is in that place with you.

That’s His Word. Fresh … for you … today.

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