Background scripture: Jeremiah 12
“So Jeremiah, if you’re worn out in this footrace with men, what makes you think you can race against horses” (Jeremiah 12:5, MSG)?
This week has been a rough one. My patience and faith have definitely been tested. I’ve been feeling a little like Jeremiah lately. Not really understanding how people could be mean and cruel, but still prosper. Why were these people bothering me? But as God reminded Jeremiah, He reminded me. Challenges prepare you for the next level. Challenges stimulate growth and if you back away from the challenge how can you be a more refined, faith enlarged, warrior for Christ?! You see, the enemy knows the Word just like we do. He knows how to twist and manipulate God’s Word. He also knows our weaknesses. But remember the Lord never tempts us, but He will allow us to be tested (James 1:13, NIV). Every challenge we have, prepares us for all of the prosperity that will come later according to Christ’s purpose for our lives (Romans 8:28, NIV). The Lord pretty much told Jeremiah that the tests he was facing at that time was nothing compared to what was to come. Understand that as we face tests and trials, though they be challenging, we must stay the course and continue to give God praise! People and situations will be “trying” you by “testing your limits.” But don’t heed and keep your eyes focused on the prize (1 Peter 1:7, NIV)!Continue to walk into your destiny despite this journey’s challenges. I’m speaking to myself when I say, “don’t be afraid to face those challenges,” whatever those challenges may be (2 Timothy 1:7)! How assuring to know that we do not have to face these things alone. The Lord is with us and He said in His word that He would never leave us, nor forsake us. He knows how much we can bear and will fight for us if we let him (Exodus 14:14, NIV). Growth is a process so we must continue to pray, study, and meditate on God’s word so that we are ready for all that may come our way!