The Christian life is not a constant high. I have moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes and say, ‘O God, forgive me’ or ‘Help me.’– Billy Graham.
We are plagued with different challenges in life, and no one is exempt. Some are indeed tougher than others, but you can never see that once you are in the middle of the obstacle. Before I was saved, I would listen and judge at the same time with what others are saying about their challenges. However, it all ends up me judging and less listening. Now, I try to put myself in their shoes and imagine the emotions they are feeling. And I would ask myself, How as Christ-follower can I help them? The answer is simple, point them to Christ and here is why.
Today’s devotional reading is from the Book of Job 5:8-9. Please, read our recent devotional from the Book of Proverbs 18:24: The Significance Of Morally Choosing Your Company
No Challenge Is Big Or Small
Our Heavenly Father created everything in the world and in the universe. It is written, the thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Therefore, all challenges we face are obstacles that can be overcome with the help of our Heavenly Father.
Also, Jesus said, Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28). Why had Jesus said this? For He knew that our finite understanding and strength will make us weary and tired with the challenges we face. Furthermore, He gave reassurance, to those who believe and trust in Him, to be of good cheer; I have overcome the world (John16:33).
Challenges Will Be Understood
Eliphaz, Job’s friend, understood how one should act when faced with challenges. And that is to seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause (Job 5:8). Moreover, he gave the reason why we should trust God when he said, which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without number (Job 5:9).
The comprehension of Eliphaz did not come from his own intelligence but came from the stirring of the Holy Spirit. One of the many things that inhibit us from understanding our challenges is our finite mind. That is why we need the Holy Spirit to give us wisdom and guidance to comprehend our situation. And the only way we can receive the Holy Spirit is when we believe and have faith in Jesus Christ.
This is the time for your journaling. Reflect on these questions. Ask the Holy Spirit to test your faith and your walk with Christ.
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? — 2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV.
- How are you in your life now?
- Are you overwhelmed with life’s challenges?
- Who do you seek for guidance in your challenges?
- Have you trusted Jesus Christ with your life? Accept Jesus Now.
- Here are some additional ways to overcome any challenges.
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Oh Lord, our Heavenly Father, we thank You for never leaving our side. We know Lord, that You are always there for us when we call on You. Help us surrender our lives to You. Use us in accordance with Your will to serve You and make You known to others. May our trials and challenges a stepping stone to be more closer to You and that others may see Your works in our lives. Thank You for the Holy Spirit who guides us in our everyday life.
All these we ask in Jesus’ Name. Amen.