I’ve faced some challenges in my life. Some I’ve faced recently– both personal and professional challenges (even a crisis or two). In fact, you could say I’ve got a lovely buch of challenges. Big ones, small ones, some as big as your head! Relax– it’s just the lyric to a song.
Some people have more challenges than others. Others have fewer challenges with greater weight. Some people are born with challenges, while others don’t face many until later in life. The point is, we all have challenges, and we all must understand that no matter how great, how numerous, or how big our challenges are, God hasn’t allowed you to face them for nothing.
All throughout scripture we see biblical heroes and heroins who face great challenges. Some big, some small, but all of them for a purpose. I could probably sound really knowledgeable and spew out countless verses and references, but I don’t need to. Just go open your bible, turn to any page, and you will find somebody going through some sort of challenge.
Seriously, go do it, right now and prove me wrong. I’ll wait.
God uses challenges time and time again, whether He has caused them, or in his sovereignty allowed them to happen. Each and every time one of God’s people is faced with a challenge in scripture, God uses it for his glory. Here’s the reasons I’ve found that God trusts us with challenges:
- To grow us in wisdom.
- To show us we need Him.
- To draw others to Him.
A challenge is something God has trusted us with to bring about his greater glory.
A real-life example
My friend Rick is an incredible man of God. He and his wife have a heart for serving and leading others toward Jesus. They also have been trusted with a very important challenge. Their son Noah was born with down syndrome.
When faced with this devastating challenge they did what 9 out of 10 people faced with this same challenge would fail to do. They decided to own it and use it to the glory of God.
Rick runs a blog called NoahsDad.com where he has made it his goal to spread awareness about down syndrome, unite parents of children with down syndrome, and show the world what God can do when you faithfully trust Him. He posts daily videos featuring his adorable son Noah, and frequently gives invaluable lessons on living with down syndrome.
NoahsDad.com is a blog about Down syndrome, [our] son, and the videos, pictures, and facts that tell [our] story. [We] hope.
Their hope is to change the way the world perceives this challenge they’ve been given, which is also given to thousands of others all over the world. By the grace of God, they are using this challenge for His glory.
Back to you
You have challenges in your life. I don’t know if they’re financial, emotional, mental, or spiritual. But what I do know is that God has trusted you with those challenges. And no matter how big those challenges are, God is bigger.
What if we could view our challenges as more than just something working against us, but rather something God is going to work us through for the better? What if we could trust God to get us through the challenges we face instead of trying to deal with them in our own strength? What if we looked at our next big challenge as something that God is trusting us with? What would we do with it then?