Overcoming Adversity | RIOT Podcast

About this Episode

Overcoming Adversity is the topic that will be discussed today on RIOT Podcast, a Christian Discipleship Podcast.

Today's episode is particularly close to our hearts, as it’s one that speaks to the unshakeable human spirit. We've titled today's show "Overcoming Adversity."

Today, Pete, Christine and I will talk about their remarkable story of their month-and-a-half-long odyssey across the vibrant landscapes of Europe. It's a journey interwoven with challenges and triumphs, the kind that reminds us of the resilience etched within each of us. They encountered various obstacles, yet they pressed on, fortified by something greater than themselves – their faith.

With the grace that comes from above and an unwavering ability to view each moment from God's perspective, Pete and Christine’s story is more than just a travelogue; it’s a testament to enduring hope amid adversity. Prepare to embark on a narrative journey that celebrates perseverance, faith, and the extraordinary lessons learned when the road gets rough but the travelers keep pressing forward.

One of the unfortunate byproducts of living in a sinful, fallen world is that every person, Christian or not, experiences pain and suffering and disappointment in this life. From failed relationships to unfulfilled dreams, life can be filled with sorrow and disappointment. In fact, Jesus assured us of it: “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33). No one is immune.

It is during the difficult times that we learn to rely on God and experience firsthand the absolute trustworthiness of His Word. We also learn the truth of what Paul taught: God’s power is at its strongest when we are at our weakest (2 Corinthians 12:9). As A. W. Tozer observed, “If the truth were known, the saints of God in every age were only effective after they had been wounded.”

It is our faith that allows us to see the unseen. That’s why faith is such an indispensable element of the Christian life. Scripture teaches that we live by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7) and that without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). We know that, as followers of Christ, we will experience disappointment and endure trials where our faith is indeed put to the test. And the apostle James tells us we should “consider it pure joy” when we face these trials, as this is how our faith strengthens and we mature as Christians (James 1:2-4).

Our faith also helps us remember the absolute sovereignty of God. Everything occurs either by His prescription or permission and in perfect accordance with His sovereign purposes and unfathomable ways (Romans 11:33). Prayer is the ultimate acknowledgment of God’s sovereignty. In the midst of our trial and disappointments, prayer gives us strength. It did for Moses (Exodus 32:11; Numbers 14:13; 20:6), David (Psalm 55:16-17), and Daniel (Daniel 6:10; 9:20-23). And before our Savior took on the sins of the world, He spent His final night in prayer (Matthew 27:36-44; John 17). Now He invites the “weary and burdened” to come to Him, and He will give us rest (Matthew 11:28).

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