by Dr. Charles Stanley
Tuesday August 30, 2005
Obstacles as Opportunities
Learning to see obstacles as opportunities takes time and practice. We can speed up the process by recalling certain truths.
God is at work. As barriers remain in place and our situation seems unchanged, God is orchestrating people and events to move His plan ahead. He works silently, invisibly, and effectively on our behalf.
God prepares the way. He has already decided in His mind which hindrances to remove and which to leave unaltered. For the obstacles that remain, the Lord will arrange a way around them or fit them into His plan. What He has determined will be accomplished.
God requires our cooperation. He wants us to be ready to face difficult situations. Through His Word, He communicates what we need to know and also equips us. (Hebrews 13:20-21)
God is personally involved. He wants to develop in us a greater sensitivity to His presence. Through Scripture, prayer, and other believers, we can receive the assurance that the Lord is near.
God gives clear instruction. He does not bring confusion. Whether we receive His direction in stages or all at once, He asks us to trust in Him rather than our own thinking. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Facing challenges involves courage, patience, and faith. It takes courage to accept the presence of barriers, to move in pace with God, and do what He asks. Patience is required as we wait for Him to equip us and reveal His plan. Faith is necessary for us to trust God with the outcome and to focus on obeying Him.
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