What is the first or second thing you think of when adversity hits? Usually joy is not at the top of your response list. Scripture does not take a short-term view of adversity. It focuses on the long-term benefits of our pain, which, if we allow it, can be decidedly productive. The problematic situations we face now or have encountered in the past are not meaningless. They have purpose. Will you count on the surety of His promises when your spiritual knees wobble and shake?