Adversity. No one wants it, but when we get it we gain so much. Sometimes that gain feels immediate. Other times it may seem decades before we realize it. I believe the latter was Joseph’s experience (for a refresher, read Genesis 37-50). However long it took him, here’s how he let us know his gain:
You planned evil against me; God planned it for good to bring about the present result-the survival of many people. (Genesis 50:20)
A mindset toward gain from adversity is found in Joseph’s statement. The mindset is vertical (about God), not horizontal (about man). Rather than looking at what man or circumstances have planned, he had learned to look at what God had planned. Easier said than done in the face of adversity, right?
I want to suggest that one preparation we can make before adversity knocks on the door is to make a commitment to integrity.
A commitment to integrity in the face of adversity will…
- …guard against fear invasion (horizontal).
- …ward off impulsive reaction (horizontal) giving foundation for calm decisions (vertical).
- …raise the banner for complete transparency (vertical).
- …remove selfish ambition (horizontal) to bring in a kingdom mindset (vertical).
Maybe you haven’t considered that integrity is what’s being tested in your adversity. There’s no way around the reality that adversity peels back the layers and shows everyone who we really are. How are you preparing for that revelation? How can you study for the integrity test?