Have you ever found yourself in a situation that seemed impossible to overcome?
Just like this poor squirrel after Tennessee’s “500 year flood,” failure becomes easier to accept as we lose hope in the possibility of succeeding.
Here recently, I’ve been reading in Joshua. Over and over again, I’ve read the same words that God says to Joshua. Here’s the background though… Basically, Joshua is the new leader of the people of Israel since Moses died. It’s up to Joshua–under God’s guidance, of course–to lead the people into the promised land. The promised land, though, is being ruled by kings of different nations that don’t believe in God. In order to enter and live in the land that God promised them, the people of Israel have to fight these different kings and nations. Despite how impossible it appears for the little people of Israel to defeat these established nations all joined together for the sole purpose of destroying them, God tells Joshua, “Do not be afraid for I have already delivered them into your hands.”
Does this mean that bad things will never happen to us when we are being “the best Christian?” No, not at all. The fact that we live in a world full of sin is what causes bad things to happen to us; therefore, don’t ever use your state/degree of troubles as a measurement of how pleased God is with you. Instead, see every hardship as an opportunity to hear Him say, “Face this struggle with all of My strength because I have already given you the victory.”
Like the squirrel in the previous picture, stand up and face the obstacle that seems impossible. Remember that faith in God even the size of a mustard seed can move mountains (Matthew 17:20). With God, you can do all things because He is the one that gives you strength (Philippians 4:13).
“Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your week knees, and make straight paths for your feet.”
So whenever you find yourself in a situation that seems impossible, have faith! Remember that God is with you and that He is whispering in your ear, “Do not be afraid for I have already given you the victory…”