After being appointed as a school leader, I pray every day to the Lord for His strength to be like David instead of Saul. Both kings were divinely anointed, but Saul obviously did not have enough time to handle the sudden leadership opportunity as a leader. His jealousy consumed him. The folk song: “Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousand!” made Saul very angry and eventually led him to the cut-off from the Lord and his fatal failure. Contrary, after the first anointing, David was extracted and purified by numerous frustrations, failures, and treachery. Through suffering, his fierce ambition was melted with humility and was recast into a heart that aligned with the passion of the Lord. Adversity is often the best time to learn. The harder the adversity we face, the more important the lesson that Lord has prepared for us. The lessons never make us comfortable. I know it, for I have experienced, am experiencing, and expect to experience them day after day. Yet, Jesus promises us: “Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me. – Luke 7:23.” “Be strong,” the Lord’s command in Joshua 1:9, does not merely prepare us for celebration, but for adversity too.