When difficulties arise, how can you be sure you’re responding in a way that would please the Lord? Here is an acrostic, based on the word adversity that suggests the steps you should take:

Accept the events of your life as part of how God equips you (James 1:3-4).

Decide to follow Jesus’ ways of responding to trials (Philippians 2:5-8).

Veer neither to the right nor to the left from the path of obedience (Proverbs 4:26-27)

Expect the Holy Spirit to help you grow through your difficulties (Romans 8:26).

Remember how the Lord has helped you in the past (Deuteronomy 31:8).

Set your face like flint (Isaiah 50:7) to endure the trial without wavering.

Invest additional time in your relationship with God (James 4:8).

Trust the Lord, especially when you do not understand (Proverbs 3:5).

Yield yourself unto God, do not resist Him in the time of trouble. (2 Chronicles 30:8).