Suffering in Consecutive Adversities

Blow after blow after blow; knocked down to the ground. You find yourself wondering if you even have the strength or will to get back up again and fight. You may be in a season right now where life keeps hitting you with consecutive adversities. Back-to-back downfalls. It hurts. It stings. It does not feel good. In these agonizing moments we feel tied to the anguish and disheartenment of all that is surrounding us. Everything feels beyond repair. You take one step forward to only take two steps backward. With each new day, you still feel the heartache of yesterday lingering over you. Living through continuous adversities is absolutely challenging; in due time, you will experience breakthrough after the suffering.

Throughout the Bible, we can reference the many people of God that went through suffering; more so, consecutive adversities. The story of Job is one that you may draw similarities to while enduring in difficult seasons. Job lost everything he had: his sheep, servants and all of his children. When all of this information is given to Job, he responded by falling to his knees and worshiping God. When you look at the consecutive adversities he had to go through, you would not think that someone’s first reaction would be to worship God after what just transpired. Sometimes, we grow distant from God during our darkest hour. It becomes too hard for us to face the truth of what we essentially know in the midst of our sorrows. Those moments of great despair will become the turning point of greater in your life when you declare that even in your suffering, God is still good. Ultimately, God restores to Job everything he lost as a reward for his faithfulness through adversity. Job received double of everything that he owned before his tribulations. God will restore and send breakthrough for you in your suffering. God is not negligent to our pain. He is not unresponsive to us when we need Him the most. He is not detached from your consistent sufferings. God already knew in this very moment about what you are experiencing in your life. We may never know exactly why things unfold the way they do, but we can be assured that just like Job—God is there with us in the middle of our calamity. We may not know when things will get better, but we can also be assured that in our suffering it will produce perseverance, character and hope.

Living in this world, we will all experience heartbreak and heartache. Your breakthrough after the consecutive adversities will remold and reshape how you view future adversities and how you can overcome them with God. Withstanding the constant battles of life will always feel heavy, but we can be confident that He is our comforter in our mourning. It cannot rain forever. Eventually, you will come to know joy. Your sadness and suffering will become a story of overcoming and how God rewarded your faithfulness—just like Job. He will give you more than you could ever imagine because of your devotion and unyielding faith in the middle of consecutive adversities.

“The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. And he also had seven sons and three daughters.” -Job 42:12-13

“The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all;” -Psalm 34:19

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” -Romans 8:18

“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” -Romans 5:3-4

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