It isn’t time spent on the mountaintop that grows our faith and draws us nearer to the Lord. It is time spent in the valley that allows our faith to grow. When one relinquishes control of their situation and allows Jesus to take the wheel that is when God’s power works at its best. Often, we look at a circumstance or person as hopeless but that is where God’s transforming power is displayed. Usually it is in a way that we would never imagine because God’s ways are not our ways and His thoughts aren’t like our thoughts. Sometimes God puts difficult people in our lives to teach us how to get along with different types of personalities. Even in ministry we must remember that we will all be together in Heaven one day, so we must learn how to love even those who can be difficult.
God has brought me through many trials since I came to Panama, but there is one person in the ministry who has always been a source of irritation. He is a pastor and I have found him to be very controlling and manipulative. He was making poor decisions, both personally and for the ministry. However, for some strange reason despite all of this, the ministry was flourishing. I prayed about my attitude towards this person because I recognized my thoughts toward him were counterproductive to the mission. There were many times I wanted to quit working with this organization because of this man. I spent a lot of time in prayer about the situation and my attitude. One day, the Lord spoke to me, “It’s not about this man, it’s about My mission. Stop focusing on the man and start focusing on the mission.” Eventually, I was able to see the big picture. Several others have problems with this person as well, but he is who God put in charge, so we will work with what God gave us. We are trusting in the Lord and leaning not on our own understanding.
Whatever situation you are facing today, remember you are not alone. The Lord is with you and He will fight your battles if you let Him. He is the all-knowing, powerful God. Trials build our faith and bring us closer to the Lord. It’s like flexing our spiritual muscles. Faith must be exercised to build strong, Christ Followers!
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.
Based on God Our Defender Will Fight Our Battles for Us on August 3rd, 2019 - Watch Sermon