Some ships sail east, and some sail west, By the selfsame winds that blow.
It’s the set of the sails and not the gales That determines the way they go!
The reaction of the child of God, or his response, to the ills of mortal life must be one of patience, submission, humility, prayer, love, hope, and faith.
Even adversity of the severest kind must be made to yield its precious fruit in the heart of the Christian.
It has been proved again and again by Christians that:
Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament;
Adversity is the blessing of the New.
And in like manner the Spirit also helpeth our infirmity: for we know not how to pray as we ought; but the Spirit himself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered; and he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
And we know that to them that love God all things work together for good, even to them that are called according to his purpose.
For whom he foreknew, he also foreordained to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren: and whom he foreordained, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
Romans 8:26-30 ASV