“Consider it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you encounter various trials” (James 1:2).

Adversity isn’t a matter of “if” but “when.” It’s one of the harsh realities of this present life. Job said, “Man, who is born of woman, is short-lived and full of turmoil” (Job 14:1). To anticipate hardship isn’t to have a morbid outlook of dread toward life but, rather, it is to prepare oneself in advance for the offering forth of a response fitting to the hope of our faith. Without forethought, the odds favor a reaction expected from those who do not know Christ—anguish and despair.

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