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!
2 thoughts on “Growth Comes with Challenges”
First off, I thank you for sharing this profound experience and supporting it with biblical facts. I’d like to add a little to what you said. I think another to increase our spiritual growth is not only to face those challenges, but also consciously being able to accept failures with self examination (introspection) so that one can get back up on the feet and keep his head up. It’s not always easy. In order to do so one has to trust in Him, and remain faithful to Him by living daily according to His Word. And strive to do better each and everyday. One has to ask the Holy Spirit to fill him with strength and strengthen his faith. Revelation 2, 10 says, “Do not be afraid of anything that you are going to suffer. Indeed, the devil will throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will face an ordeal for ten days. Remain faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
The other thing we must all do is to discipline ourselves and refrain from anything that would easily expose us to temptations or anything that can be a barrier to our growth or progress.
Have a blessed week and a good devotion.
Praise God! Thanks so much for your addition!