Our Comfort in Adversity

“This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.”
(Psalm 119:50)

King David faced extreme ups and downs in his life. He knew what it meant to prevail in battle, escape from adversaries, and ascend all the way to the throne. But he also experienced severe affliction. He knew what it was like to be chased by Saul’s army, attacked by foreign nations, and betrayed by those close to him. David knew adversity.

David found strength in God’s Word. He discovered God’s faithfulness in delivering him from adversity. But even in the midst of the fiery furnace, David drew comfort from God’s precious promises. Even while David waited for God to intervene, he did not allow himself to grow too discouraged. He recalled the many times that God delivered him from death and danger, and he was confident God would help him in the future.

Here’s some points to ponder:

1. Rest on God’s promises alone.
We all want God to rescue us from life’s problems. But we can draw comfort from the promises of God. For example, God promises that He will help in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1; 50:15). We should draw comfort from the Word of God that promises such help. God does not always choose to deliver us at once; sometimes He wants us to taste of adversity so that we will trust Him more. During those seasons, we need to pour over the promises in the Word, and, soon, we will rise up confident of God’s help.

2. Trust in God’s timetable.
We all have our timetable as to when we want God to deliver us: right now! But God wants to teach us many lessons during times of adversity. For example, those who suffer tend to demonstrate compassion toward others facing similar sufferings. Paul expresses this in his second letter to the Corinthians:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

God also teaches us the grace of patience when we endure adversity:

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:2-4).

Patience, as it’s used in the Bible, does not just refer to grace under pressure. It primarily refers to increased endurance in the Christian life, especially while suffering.

God welcomes our prayers for deliverance, but let’s not rob ourselves of present joy. We should ponder and meditate on those rich and precious promises that lift our sagging spirits and put a spring in our step. Trust in God alone; He will fill your mouth with shouts of praise, even in the midst of severe testing.

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