By Rodetta Cook

Rodetta Cook has been a pastor’s wife for over 40 years. She and her husband, Ron, have actively served the Lord together in ministry during the entire time and are co-founders of Care for Pastors. She understands the expectations, loneliness and how hard it is to find balance in ministry as a pastor’s wife. Rodetta also leads the pastor’s wives initiative at Care for Pastors called The Confidante and ministers to hundreds of wives each week. She strives to share blogs with other pastors’ wives that will help them in their ministry walk.

    Encountering Adversity

    Monday, April 20, 2015

    In ministry there seems to always be something we have to deal with, whether it is church related or with family, but there always seems to be some adversity. How do you deal with that adversity? Do you lash out? Do you stuff it in and clam up? Do you get angry with God? Or do you allow God to help you work through the situation?

    Several weeks ago, my devotional spoke to me about adversity and how I should be handling that adversity. I want to share that devotional with you and pray it will make you stop and realize God is with us through all our adversities and He has a plan.

    Expect to encounter adversity in your life, remembering that you live in a deeply fallen world. Stop trying to find a way that circumvents difficulties. The main problem with an easy life is that it masks your need for Me. When you became a Christian, I infused My very Life into you, empowering you to live on a supernatural plane by depending on Me.

    Anticipate coming face to face with impossibilities: situations totally beyond your ability to handle. This awareness of your inadequacy is not something you should try to evade. It is precisely where I want you—the best place to encounter Me in My Glory and Power. When you see armies of problems marching toward you, cry out to Me! Allow Me to fight for you. Watch Me working on your behalf, as you rest in the shadow of My Almighty Presence.

    You may not have armies of problems marching towards you right now, but they will come so be prepared by constantly depending on Him.

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