Posted by: S. L. Doss | August 2, 2014

Principles to Live By #6


Sometimes in life we face challenges that seem like mountains before us. We feel like we’re banging our heads against a brick wall, and that nothing we do gets us through. The weight of the world pushes us down, and we want to just give up and die.

We wonder where God is. Does He hear our cry? Does He care? Is He trying to break us? We cry out in pain, anger and frustration, lashing out because we feel abandoned and rejected. We grow impatient, unable to wait for Him to solve the situation, which makes it worse.

Instead of thinking that the trials and challenges we face are meant to destroy, what if we instead consider the troubles as opportunities to grow in endurance and faith. That these problems make us stronger with God and in God.

Let’s look at the physical body. You can’t build muscles without exerting them. If you just sit and don’t exercise, you’ll find yourself getting weaker and your muscles turning to flab. But, on the other hand, if you lift weights and do strength training, your muscles bulk up and get stronger. As time goes on, you can lift greater and greater weight, and what used to be impossible now takes minimal effort.

It’s the same way in the spirit. You cannot grow in faith if your faith is not challenged and exercised. You cannot understand truly how powerful, awesome, mighty and strong God is until you experience His strength through your weakness. You won’t know the depth of His ability to keep you unless you face a situation where you must trust in Him alone.

A parent teaches their child to walk. They hold that toddler’s hand, and by pulling gently against one hand, they cause the baby to reach out a foot and take that first step. The parent is not hurting the child. The parent is merely holding onto the child and helping them to learn balance and movement. If the parent allowed the child to only crawl, and always crawl, because it was easier and they’d be less likely to fall, then the parent is doing a disservice to the toddler by not helping it grow and mature. God is the same way. What seems like a painful, hard experience to us is His way to help us mature in the spirit. In essence, to walk in His way.

Remember this: If He brought you to the mountain, He will make you:

a) go over it;

b) go around it;

c) go through it; or

d) go under it.

You will not be stopped by it. He will not tempt us more than we can bear.

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” – James 1:2-3



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