Teachers are changing their tune about education. For years, educators assumed that cognitive abilities are the greatest indicator of future success. If a child could understand and use information, they were thought to be more likely to succeed. Those who had difficulty grasping the same information were thought to be less likely to succeed.
According to a New York Times article, researchers are finding that those assumptions are false. As it turns out, perseverance, determination, and character are far better indicators of success. Those who exhibit the ability to overcome adversity have a greater likelihood of achieving desired ends in the future.
Christians have their own take on this. The Apostle Paul wrote the church in Rome and insisted that suffering produces perseverance and perseverance produces character and character produces hope. Overcoming adversity can be an indicator of success. It just isn’t an indicator of our future success as much as it is God’s.
As Christians experience adversity, we learn to trust in God. As we trust in God, we recognize His provision. As we recognize His provision through life's many challenges, we get a glimpse of the big picture. We start to sense that a day is coming when every adverse situation will be overcome – a day when Jesus returns and sets the entire world straight. In this way thinking, overcoming adversity is a huge road sign pointing to Christ’s future success in His second coming.
You may be faced with some hardship this morning. You may be tempted to throw your hands in the air and give up. Don’t. Keep on keeping on for Jesus. God may not have created your hardship, but He can use your hardship to create a good work in you. That good work points to a day when Jesus will set every hardship right once and for all. That is future success is something all of God’s people can bank on.