Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us…
Ever been in the middle of something tough, prayed for rescue, and heard . . . nothing? Ever questioned God, in frustration, “Why won’t you answer?” – Do you suddenly feel God saying to you what he said to Paul: “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor 12:9)?
Could it be that God doesn’t always answer (like we’d like Him to) because, sometimes, He wants us to stay right where we are and learn, there, how to endure, how to persevere, how to fight? Could it be that God sometimes allows trouble and pain to train us, to build our maturity, to nurture in us the fruits of the Spirit and make us more reliable conduits of his love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control? We often consider trouble and pain as unnecessary, to be avoided, hindrances to ease and happiness. Might it make more sense to consider trouble and pain as opposition, as a mountaineer views the pitch and the altitude, or as a linebacker views the block and the fake?
We aren’t meant to be people who avoid opposition, numb it or deny it. We aren’t meant to run from battles, to hide and to let others fight. We’re built for opposition. Truthfully, we’d probably wither without it. Think about how much stronger you are now than in times past… because of what you’ve been through! Yes, Trials come to make you strong! We must see it, though, for what it is: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Eph 6:12). Our struggle is against being lured into selfishness, indifference, impatience, rage, resignation, or sin in the face of problems at work, or in our finances or relationships or families. These are epic struggles—battles worthy of any man. God made you for this!
God doesn’t always take opposition away, because He’s built you to conquer, not to cower. And He’s given you everything you’ll need. My friend, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might!
The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne—Revelation 3:21