Born for adversity
Proverbs 17:17 says "A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity". What does this mean? Well, to put it plainly, it is telling us that friends care, trust and act on behalf of others. They are 'friendly', and not just when it is convenient.
But what of this, a brother is born for a time adversity? Well, it is both a statement and a reference standard for anyone looking to see who they truly are.
A brother, one who is tied or associated by blood (physically or figuratively), is going to be there when the going gets tough. This individual is a true friend, which in Hebrew means RAAH or adviser/companion. This individual, when necessary, will give his life for another. He is able to see that when times get difficult, it is he that must rise above the situation, becoming the man he is needed to be - for others sake.
Equally, he expects this of himself, as he understands that the world is not a safe place. He understand too that pitfalls loom ahead on the road of life, so that when he comes upon it [pitfall], he is neither disappointed nor is he disheartened.
Today, take a look at what 'being ready for a time of adversity' really means. Take a look at the road of life and ask yourself how you will respond when the unforeseen occurs. Then take this view to God and ask for Him to reinforce you in those areas you feel unprepared for.
Would you like a head start? Read Psalms 121, which is called the travelers prayer.
I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? 2 My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; 4 indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord watches over you— the Lord is your shade at your right hand; 6 the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; 8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.