1 Peter 5:8 ESV (English Standard Version)
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
Talking with my wife as we were taking our usual Sunday afternoon drive yesterday, she said something that provoked my thinking. As we drove in a hilly neighborhood where she once walked, she stated, “these hills will make you call on the name of Jesus.” Without thinking, I responded, “so will trouble.”
That is the nature of adversity for those who know the power of the LORD. God loves for us to call on Him in our time of trouble; it is a sign of trust. But, on the other hand, it is a cry of desperation, believing that only He can provide relief.
The word adversary is derived from the word adversity. It means difficulties; misfortune and is linked to troubles. The English word adversary refers to conflict caused by an opponent. The Greek word implies accuser and refers to Satan.
Our conversation made me think of how adversities cause us to rely upon the LORD more and increase our capacity to trust Him in all situations. We may have steep hills to climb, but God is more than able to provide the strength to endure. But we will never know that we can climb a mountain until the adversary places hills in our life.
So, the next time you experience adversity, just remember the LORD is preparing you to climb your next mountain.