Random Thoughts on Adversity – My Two Cents Worth

My missionary niece was working on an upcoming lesson on dealing with adversity in missions and wrote me concerning this. I’ve served God for almost thirty-five years now and encountered lots of experiences, negative and positive, along the journey. So, here are a few random thoughts on adversity.

Through the flood
Through the fire
Through the good times
Through the bad times
Always through.

Bottom line: the Lord has been with us and He has always seen us through.


The exciting part of adversity is God always sees us through it, strengthens us by it, and causes us to grow in it. Sometimes the key phrase is “this too shall pass.”

The Scriptures says, “Tribulation worketh patience.” We say, “No thanks.” God says, “The medicine isn’t going to taste good but it is going to make you better.”

At times we can laugh in the face of adversity and illness BUT it is usually after the fact; on the other side of it.

God promises to bring us through and be with us on the journey. “Praise be to the LORD…who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness…As for me, the LORD has led me on the journey…” (Genesis 24:27).

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Looking at the Wishing Well

“And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham: and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them” (Genesis 26:18).

“And the Lord appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham’s sake. And he builded an altar there, and called upon the name of the Lord and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac’s servants digged a well” (Genesis 26:24-25).


Water is essential for life. In ancient days people either lived near a river or a lake or dug a well. Wells provide for a man, his family, and his livestock. But, it also indicated he was going to stay in that location for some time.

Well Name – Geror
Well Meaning – “Dragged off.”
Where has God dragged you to? Do you feel lonely, lost, helpless and hopeless? Isaac went back to the proven wells his father had dug.

Well Name – Esek
Well Meaning – “Contention.”
What contentions are you facing? Instead of moaning and groaning keep traveling on knowing that God is with you.

Well Name – Sitnah
Well Meaning – “Strife.”
Are people mistreating you and you don’t know how much more you can take? Don’t allow these distractions to blind you from what God can do for you.

Well Name – Rehoboth
Well Meaning – “Wide Places.”
God has a place of rest for you.

Well Name – Beersheba
Well Meaning – “Well of an oath.”
Build an altar and offer your sacrifice. Spend time with God. Call on Him. He will answer you. Pitch your tent. Realize you are right where God wants you. (Same well as below).

Well Name – Shibah
Well Meaning – “Oath.”
God will be with you and bless you. (Adapted from a study on Genesis 26:14-33 by David Humpal.”

The wells Isaac and his servants dug were symbolic. From them we can learn lessons of how to survive through life’s circumstances; especially adversity. They show us that we should be willing and ready to move on to new areas of our lives.

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