Everyone faces obstacles in life. Fanny Crosby went blind when she was a small child. Then she composed some of the greatest worship music ever written. Beethoven was deaf when he wrote his Ninth Symphony. William Cowper battled depression and mental illness most of his life but he wrote “There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood” and many other Christian hymns.
You may have lived through a terrible childhood. Perhaps you have genetic challenges that you battle. Your obstacles may be physical, mental or spiritual.
This is true: We all have obstacles of some kind that we must deal with in our lives. These challenges can fuel us to victory or cause our ultimate defeat. The way we respond to these obstacles will determine our success or failure.
The level of success that you achieve in your life, will be determined to a large extent by how you deal with your obstacles.
Paul the Apostle is a great example of this very point. He endured much suffering but he never gave up. He always met every obstacle in the strength of the Lord and he prevailed against them.
This is what Paul said: We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. (2 Cor. 4:8-9) He overcame the obstacles that seemed impossible because he dealt with them with the help of the Lord.
One obstacle Paul had to deal with differently. He called it a “thorn in his flesh.” In prayer he realized God was not going to remove that thorn, his obstacle. However, God did give Paul the answer that has resonated through the ages with great encouragement to us. The Lord said to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor. 12:9)
God will either remove your obstacles or give you grace to overcome them.
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