Resilience is defined as ‘the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness’ and in scientific terms as ‘the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity.’ It’s a word not found in the Bible, but its presence nonetheless permeates the whole book.
God wants to develop resilience in us so that life does not break us or deform us into unrecognisable shapes. He gives us strategies for dealing with the stresses of life so that we can live whole, integrated lives that are pleasing to Him.
Prayer, the truths of God’s word, the virtue from obedience and fellowship (and the encouragement from this) are the key ways resilience is formed in us. As we allow our minds to be renewed by the washing of His word, as we listen for the guidance of the Shepherd, as we learn obedience through suffering and are encouraged in faith by God’s people reminding us of holy truth, resilience and elasticity are grown in us.
Trials, suffering, opposition and persecution can easily dent our confidence, weaken our resolve and leave us feeling broken and defeated. But resilience picks us up, dusts us down and prods us on.