One of the many quotes Albert Einstein is famous for saying is ‘adversity introduces us to ourselves’. Although it is unclear whether or not Einstein had a relationship with God, this statement is certainly right on target. In the writings of the Pentateuch, the Prophets, the Psalms and throughout the Bible we find reference to this very idea. His description of adversity is one that rings true as we see here in Romans.
Romans 5:3-5 NLT
“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.”
Problems and trials are certainly considered adversity. It is through these things that we grow stronger in our faith. Our endurance is grown, and that process strengthens our character. We come to know who we are and who we aren’t, as we encounter adversity. We identify our strengths and our weaknesses. We, ultimately, come to understand that we are not put on the earth to be alone. We need one another and we definitely need the Lord. We can’t do and be all things to everyone, every time something doesn’t work out right, but God can.
So, yes. In some respects Einstein’s premise is correct. Adversity introduces us to ourselves, to our strengths and to our weaknesses. Adversity may introduce us to limitations, but more importantly, to our freedoms. The freedoms found in our foundational belief and faith in the Lord. He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love. God’s love, the Holy Spirit, guides us through the trials and helps us navigate through the obstacles of this world. Through the good times and the bad times, God is always there. Our greatest strength is found in the knowledge that God loves us and that we are never alone. Our confident hope is found in Jesus, even though adversity.