As you embark on your goals and dreams, inevitably you will face obstacles. Obstacles will come in the form of people saying negative things about you, projects falling apart, lack of funding for a project and probably the most difficult obstacle to handle, negative thoughts we heap on ourselves.
While our battles might seem like a matter of fighting obstacles in the physical realm the believer understands that there is more to it than just a physical obstacle. Our struggle against obstacles is a matter of fighting battles in the spiritual realm.
Yes, many times they are spiritual.
Your potential and purpose are obvious to the enemy. He does not want you to get there. He is just waiting to throw some bright shiny distractions in your way. Often disguised as things we want and so we easily stray from what God intends for us to chase after what seems like a good thing.
The Bible tells us that our struggle is not against physical enemies, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms”(Eph. 6:10).
The enemy is cunning and crafty. The Bible says, “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour”(1 Peter 5:8 nlt).
Obstacles helps us to grow
Learning to deal with difficulty, definitely causes us to grow. No one grows by only taking the easy path all the time. Obstacles are hard but in the end, you will learn useful lessons and skills to take you to new levels. I am convinced that God allows us to face some of these challenges so we can grow. Often times he wants to take us to new levels but we are not ready. It is those obstacles that challenge us, pushing us to higher heights.
Peter wrote to believers telling them, “So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world” (1 Peter 1:6).
They can be opportunities in disguise
In a former post, I wrote about seeing obstacles as opportunities. When we face obstacles we can view them as a puzzle to solve. It’s an opportunity to create a solution to a problem that others are likely struggling with and position yourself as a problem solver.
It could also be an opportunity to demonstrate your faith in God’s ability to make all things work for your good. Your obstacle could be one that has caused you pain but God is available to turn your pain into a testimony.
They teach us about ourselves
How we handle obstacles is a great way to dive into some self-reflection. We have the opportunity to examine how we handled the obstacle and determine our level of satisfaction with what we did. Self-reflection is a must to learn about our selves. Assessing our reactions to obstacles can provide valuable feedback.
We get the opportunity to see whether we responded in a way that aligns with the word of God and if pleasing in his sight. As Paul said in Philippians 1:27, “Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News”.
As you face those inevitable obstacles in this season of your life. I hope you will consider how they can be a benefit and not a burden.
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