For two years, scientists sequestered themselves in an artificial environment called Biosphere 2. Inside their self-sustaining community, the Biospherians created a number of mini-environments, including a desert, rain forest, even an ocean. Nearly every weather condition could be simulated except one - wind!
Over time, the effects of the windless environment became apparent. A number of acacia trees bent over and even snapped. Without the stress of wind to strengthen the wood, the trunks grew weak and could not hold up their own weight.
Though our culture shuns hardship and adversity, we should remember that God uses adversity to strengthen our faith and to build our character. (Edward K. Rowell). Life is tough - don't let hardship cause you to think God has left you, abandoned you, or doesn't care about your situation!
Are you struggling in your life? In your family? Social life? Emotionally, mentally, or physically? Jesus said that in this world we would have trouble, but take heart! He has overcome the world!
God's word tells us, “We rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance produces character, and character produces hope.” (Romans 5:3-4).
LEADER PRAYER: Dear God, help me to endure the hardship in my life, so that I would have HOPE in the triumph of Jesus Christ over sin and death! That I may grow spiritually and share in Your salvation plan for the world. Amen.