“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him” - James 1:12
No matter how careful you plan your activities, you cannot escape falling into troubles or having obstacles on your way to excellence. While some challenges are posed by us or by others, some are created by divine providence in order to strengthen us. One key element to watch out for in times of challenges is to ensure that you are not hurting anyone, or breaking any law; for these may just be the reason for the challenges confronting you at the moment. If these were the case, then you have to quickly sort them out by getting genuine and safe counsel. Another reason we may face challenges could be as a result of envy from others. Some people are petty and envious when they see you breaking new grounds. They would stop at nothing to see you fall as you take a leap on the ladder of life. The word of God is telling you today that challenges in life are as certain as the break of a new dawn; they will surely come. However, there is usually a golden dawn at the end of any obscure night. God provides the light to see, and the staff to lean on during these bad moments. One who stands with God achieves victory at the end.
Are you currently facing some challenges in your relationship or activities? Note the following points.
1. Focus on the unseen power and love of God. Only then would you begin to see your problem in the right perspective – God is bigger and mightier than your problems.
2. Trust in God’s plan even when it doesn’t make sense. God’s ways are mysterious; seek God’s plan always, and follow His direction.
3. See the supernatural in all situations and pursue holiness. Live a life of spiritual discipline. Study the scriptures daily; get involved with regular prayers and ask the Holy Spirit to help you appreciate God in the ordinary things of life.
4. Take one step at a time. Every day, choose to take whatever next step the Holy Spirit leads you to take. Don’t give up when you’re frustrated at any point.