Champions Stand Strong
One of our initial and natural responses to difficulty is to look for an immediate solution. We do not like tension and pressure in relationships, and when attempts to bring about resolution fail, we often run, abandoning the problem and situation altogether.
Our reaction to difficulty is a proving ground for our faith. Does our faith rest in our ability to resolve situations on our own? If we run, the answer is there for the world to see, no matter how adamantly we proclaim our faith in God with our mouths. Does our faith rest in God alone? If we determine to stand strong and face whatever the world brings in our direction, the answer is there for the world to see as well.
While God may not cause the difficulty in our lives, He certainly uses it to mature us. He shapes and fashions us more into His image as we learn to trust Him more. And it is in these times of testing that God begins to refine our hearts in new ways.
Running from the trials and tribulations in our lives in an attempt to escape the difficulty carries some harsh consequences. We may escape the testing, but we will also escape God's blessing.
God enjoys rewarding His children with blessings from heaven. But no reward comes without personal sacrifice. Are you willing to take the challenge?
Prayer: Lord, give me the strength to face every challenge I experience today. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"The eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love" (Psalm 33:18).
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