Monday August 29, 2005
Nothing is impossible for the Lord. No obstacle confuses God or poses any kind of challenge for Him. Though we know He is sovereign over every situation, we have trouble maintaining this perspective. Too often when we hit difficulties, we:
Experience a shift in our focus. During trials, we tend to take our eyes off the Lord and instead see only our problems. The longer we look at our circumstance, the larger it seems. As we dwell on it in thought and conversation, our mindset can become very negative. Though God still has a direction for us to take, we are no longer concentrating on His purposes.
Develop an incorrect assessment of resources. In our troubles, we start taking inventory of our own strength and abilities. When they prove insufficient, we become discouraged. The truth is that we don’t have what is needed for life's trials—Jesus Himself told us that. (John 15:5) But God's capabilities are unlimited, His power is never-ending, and His wisdom is complete. We need to take stock of His resources, not our own.
View obstacles as barriers. For the obedient believer, impediments represent opportunities, not problems. The Lord can demonstrate His awesome power through our difficulties. At such times, we grow in our faith and learn more about our Father. If we view hardships simply as troubles, then we can miss demonstration of God’s love, power, and wisdom.
Start each day committed to a Christ-centered focus, a dependence on His resources, and an "opportunity" mindset.
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