Be confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6
In Genesis 37, when Joseph was seventeen, he had a dream that he would someday rule over his brothers. This peek into his destiny filled him with self-confidence as a young man. But the fact is, he wasn’t ready to rule right then. He needed to go through some character-shaping times. And indeed, he did just that, spending thirteen years facing setbacks, challenges, and even prison. And although he was forgotten by men during those times, he was never forgotten by God.
Through adversity, God molded his character so that when Pharaoh appointed him prime minister of Egypt, he was ready to fulfill his God-chosen destiny. Think about Joseph when you go through tough times in your life. Sometimes God breaks us and allows us to hit rock bottom so He can shape us into the people He is calling us to be.
I’m not saying it will be comfortable or easy. But I am saying you should consider that maybe the adversity is God’s way of strengthening you, teaching you, molding you, and preparing you for the great plans He has for your life.