12 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.
God’s obstacle(s) in our path is to strengthen and enable us to weather the storms of life and to embolden us for the great work that we are destined for.
Oftentimes we quote the scriptures only from the tip of our tongues and think we know the full meaning thereof, Matthew 28:18-20 is a typical example, we believe the meaning is so VERY clear. EVANGELISM is required of us but note verse 17 (verse 16 tells us it is His disciples, eleven of them).
Teaching ALL Nations is a HUGE task; I’ll say AN UPHILL TASK!
This, in my opinion appears so because neither all people nor nations believe in the God of the CHRISTIAN, some countries make laws that make it practically impossible, some people are divided between the gods of their fathers and this strange CHRISTIAN GOD that make His followers appear disorganized, lacking love for each other, while some feel embarrassed to be associated with a group tagged parochial and stupid, the largest number are those who are simply vehemently against this ‘INFLUENCE’ and they fight it with murderous aggression.
But… we are told to go, all the same and TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAINS THAT JESUS IS LORD!
Would our God want to put us in Harm’s way for the FUN of it? We remember clearly that the scriptures, lists the martyrdom of a great number of the disciples of old, they were ruthlessly murdered, dying gruesome deaths for their FAITH … John 15:18-21 lets us understand that IT WILL NOT BE A BED OF ROSES.
Why then should we do it? Why should we go ahead and obey without or rather, before we complain?
These are the obstacles we must endure in our paths to become unflinching in faith in the face of dire troubles and raging storms, to rise to maturity in belief in He, whom we serve and call-upon-morning-noon-and-night, to be counted worthy as CHRISTIANS by WORKS and WORDS!
2 ... he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:
3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.
4 Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years.
5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts.
6 For I am the LORD, I change not; …
2 Timothy 3
14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
A little story…
In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid
himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some
of the king's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply
walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads
clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.
Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon
approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to
move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and
straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of
vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had
been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King
indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from
the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand!
1 Corinthians 10:13
There hath no temptation taken hold of you but such as is common to man. But God is faithful; He will not suffer you to be tempted beyond that which ye are able to bear, but with the temptation will also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.