Lessons from the Classroom of Adversity


Success never teaches us as clearly or profoundly as adversity or failure.

“And though the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide Himself any more, but your eyes will constantly behold your Teacher. And your ears will hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way; walk in it, when you turn to the right hand and when you turn to the left.”  (Isaiah 30:20-21, AMP)


Many famous people in science, politics, entertainment, arts, and business failed miserably before they ever achieved success. Examples include: Henry Ford, R. H. Macy, F.W. Woolworth, Soichiro Honda, Harland Sanders, Walt Disney, Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Orville and Wilbur Wright, Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, Charlie Chaplin, Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, and Vincent Van Gogh. Their lives are proof that success never teaches us as clearly or profoundly as adversity or failure.

After a very painful divorce, I had to learn how to be a godly man and godly husband. When I married Karen (my sweetheart and Godsend), I was determined not to repeat the same mistakes and learn from my failure. I knew I did not know how to succeed without God. Since this was Karen’s first marriage we had to learn together. We committed to have a Christ-centered marriage, pray and seek God daily, turn to the Bible and use it as the final authority for all of our decisions. In the midst of conflict and difficulty, I learned to cry out, “Lord help me and come quickly. I need you Jesus.” I’m amazed at the peace that comes as the Holy Spirit shows up to lead and guide us to a place of love, respect, acceptance and surrender.

I encourage you to ask God to help you with the relationships in your life or situations that are causing you pain and stealing your joy and peace. Two verses before this passage, Isaiah tells us, “the Lord longs to be gracious to you…” Isaiah and Jesus promised us help is waiting in the wings. The next time you’re experiencing challenges, be still and cry out to the Lord. Ask the Holy Spirit to intervene. Tell Him what you need. The Spirit of God longs to be gracious, to comfort you, help you and lead you to a place of victory, peace, and rest!


Lord, thank you for allowing trials to come into my life so I might grow stronger in my faith. Soften my heart and remove all pride and arrogance from me. Holy Spirit, lead me in humility in times of difficulty and help me obey your instructions. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.

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