There are many responses to life’s challenges. Looking at each situation will constitute either a worldly or spiritual reaction. For the Believer to transfer worldly activity into a spiritual lesson takes a committed walk of faith; in fact, a good gauge to help us determine our spiritual maturity is how we turn the worldly challenges into spiritual growth. God’s Word outlines a path that one needs to follow to reach the “promised land.” Satan, on the other hand, offers a path that will lead to a false sense of security. The first is a journey of faith, while the other is a journey of sight. One is believing and then seeing, while the other is seeing and then questioning what is seen. One is IN GOD WE TRUST, while the other is IN SELF WE RELY. To the unbeliever emotions verify, while to the Christian how one feels has no bearing on the Truth.
Romans 8:28 is the first floor in the building of the Believer’s life. It goes without saying that the foundation is Jesus Christ, but how we build upon Him will determine what kind of Believer we are. To the follower of God there is the assurance that all things work together for good. The word KNOW means “to be sure, to understand.” When we look at life’s challenges we must see the positive aspect of any negative experience. Why do we look at things in the natural and fail to see the supernatural? In Romans 8:28 we see that ALL things work together for good. This does not apply to human nature, but is for those who” love God and are the called according to His purpose.” When God called us He had a purpose for us. If God has a plan for us, why should we doubt the journey? Every problem in life is a diamond in the rough. We need to break through the crust and see the priceless reality of God’s Grace.
There are many obstacles in life, but when we see God has everything under control those hindrances become stepping stones to victory. We sometimes experience “set backs,” but these are nothing more than “set ups” for God to get the glory. The Apostle Paul faced a “thorn in the flesh” (personal problem) and called out to God to remove it. It was only after God revealed to him that His Grace would sustain him that Paul begin to glory in his problems, knowing God was in control. Paul’s response to the personal revelation was acted upon while still experiencing the “thorn.” He knew that God’s Grace would be the antidote to his problem, so he considered it already done simply because God said it. Faith is acting on the Word, even before the reality of that word had been experienced. His “thorn” would continue to be there, but it would not have the impact Satan intended.
We look back at past experiences and wonder how we could have been so near sighted as to not have seen the big picture. 20/20 vision can sometimes be detrimental to our Christian walk. We see things as they are, not what they can be through faith. Every Believer needs 39/27 vision. (# of books in the Bible) When we witness things through God’s Word it gives us the right perspective.
The next time life’s challenges face you, don’t be overcome with the negative aspects, but rather realize that God’s Grace is there not only to sustain you, but also to assist you on your spiritual journey.
Dear Brother, The sceptics may not like our unshakeable commitment to the Word of God but on it we stand fast or we are nothing. The Psalmist said, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." (Psalm 119:105) For good reason all dictators and infidels find The Prevailing Word a compelling problem. Thank you for this well-written, enriching article and I shall follow your offerings with interest. Blessings.