The Obstacles Of Life
By Kendra Clarke
Life, with all its twists and turns and ups and downs, often throws us curve balls. We can go to sleep one day on top of the world, only to awaken the next day in the midst of a crisis wondering how we arrived there. If we are wise, we recognize that this is the essence of life and that no matter what we may be going through, God promises to be there and to see us through to the other side to victory. Psalms 46:1-2 tells us that
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea”.
Isaiah 41:10 goes on to say,
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God; I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”.
What we can deduce from this is that good times do not last for forever, but neither will the bad times. Yes, there will be times when we feel as though for every step forward we make are followed by taking two steps backwards. Sometimes, we may even feel like we are not moving at all. But during these times, we must keep moving forward because to stop moving means to stop growing. To stop growing means that we will not be challenged and tested and to not be challenged and tested means we will never realize our fullest potential.
Every trial we experience is meant to test and bring our faith into maturity. This is evident in 1 Peter 4:12 which tells us to not be surprised when trials come to test us. Furthermore, 1 Thessalonians 3:3 says,
“So that no one would be unsettled by these trials. For you know quite well that we are destined for them”.
Yes, such trials and tribulations are indeed God’s will for His children, but James 1:12 provides a glimpse at the future reward for having endured,
“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those that love Him”.
We do not always have control over the bad things that happen to us; however, we do have control over how we respond to those bad times. Obstacles can and will arise, but we can choose to arm ourselves accordingly and prepare to fight, or, we can cower away and wave the white flag of surrender. Whichever decision we make will be ours to live with. Oftentimes, as we go through, we may ask “why me”, blame others or even blame God for our plight. But Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight”
In Isaiah 55:8, God tells us
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways”.
Now we know and expect that tough times will come because John 16:33 tells us
“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world”
…and we too shall overcome.