John Calvin: In the Embrace of Adversity

September 14

“For there is no one so great or mighty that he can avoid the misery that will rise up against him when he resists and strives against God.” 

~ John Calvin

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Do I believe that I am above avoiding misery? What arrogance for me to think for even a moment that I should somehow be allowed to avoid the calamities found within in this world and yet, that is exactly how I often feel, sometimes. It’s human nature, I know. But I know better and perhaps what angers me most about myself, when I am found in these moments of stupid self – pity is how I allow myself to stay there far too long.

“Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course.” ~ William Shakespeare

What do we do and how do we respond when we find ourselves in this place, where absolute hopelessness seems to overwhelm us to the point of despair? Do we stay in the cave or will we find our resolve and come out fighting? Find wise counsel and bury yourself in the presence of The Lord. If I will continue to walk with The Lord then certainly He will bring me through this difficult season. If I will keep His counsel close to me, continually seeking His Wisdom, I can find comfort knowing He will provide safe passage in these moments and these times. Walk with The Lord… Especially in those dreary and dark-oppressive days. It is wise to embrace adversity, especially in the presence of my God – for there, in the midst of adversity, I am sure to find strength in His Joy and thus, Joy in the midst of all suffering and sorrow.

Peace, today. SAG


Today’s Scripture:

Psalm 1:1-2

1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;

2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.


Proverbs 13:20

20 Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.


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