strength in adversity

Oswald Chambers has done it again. everyday i read his book, and everyday i get my world shaken a little. it's great, and i would recommend it to anyone! a small quote from today:

"God does not give us overcoming life— He gives us life as we overcome. The strain of life is what builds our strength. If there is no strain, there will be no strength."

we ask the Lord for many things. peace. joy. hope. prosperity. instead of just pouring those gifts on, when we wouldn't know how to properly steward them, he gives us adversity instead. as we push through those hard things, hope begins to be released in us. joy flowers. peace reigns. if we rebel against the hard things, we will never fully know what it means to have peace, or joy, or any other good thing that comes directly from the Lord.