I was reading 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 in “The Message” this morning. One phrase struck me: Satan’s angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees.

So often, I approach difficulties in life with a “why me?” attitude. Or “how can I get out of this?” In reality, life’s challenges can be a very positive opportunity for us to enter into a deeper relationship with God through prayer.

It’s similar to what Joseph said in Genesis 50:20: “You planned evil against me but God used those same plans for my good.” What the Evil One sends our way to do us harm, God can turn around and use for good.

How will you look at life’s hardships today? Perhaps they’re an opportunity . . .