I cried to the Lord with my voice, and He heard me from His holy hill. Psalm 3:4 (NKJV)

We like our thermostats set on seventy-two degrees and the wind always at our backs. In other words, we enjoy a level path, sustained contentment, and favorable conditions.

Adversity disrupts our controlled environment. We rise and fall on the doctor’s reports, sink and soar on the response to our résumés. Affliction barges into our ordered world, overturning our carefully tailored plans. But the intrusion of difficulty cultivates a ripe climate for spiritual growth.

When bad things happen, we cry out to God. The Psalms in particular are redundant with pleas and petitions for God’s help. Crying out to God admits our helplessness and weakness, and confesses our dependence on Him. As nothing else does, adversity causes us to realize our need for Christ.

In turning to God for help, we also learn to listen. Spiritual ears that were dull in contentment and ease become suddenly sensitized to God’s Word in a crisis. The Scriptures are personalized to our individual needs.

Are you in a trial? Pour out your heart to God and listen to His encouragement. Nothing is impossible for Him.

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