Grace and peace be unto you.
“No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall confute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, declares the Lord” (Isaiah 54:17).
What goals are you working towards? Have you encountered opposition? The story is told that while Jesus was preaching and healing the sick, some Pharisees advised him to leave the area because Herod wanted to kill him. But Jesus said, “Go tell that fox, I will keep on driving out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal” (Luke 13:31-32). Jesus knew that his Father was with him and approved of his work (John 8:29). Therefore, he continued his job and was not intimidated by opposition.
Oftentimes, we are excited and determined to achieve our goals until we encounter opposition. Then, we begin wondering if we are in God’s will because we do not associate challenges with God’s plan. To quote pastor Rick Warren, “Opportunity and opposition equals God will.” God gave Nehemiah permission to build the wall of Jerusalem and he encountered opposition (Nehemiah 4). Similarly, Jesus told his disciples to preach the gospel and they obeyed. Nonetheless, the rulers and elders in Jerusalem instructed Peter and John not to teach or speak in the name of Jesus ( Acts 4:1-22). The reality is that we will face opposition as we follow God’s plan but God wants us to trust him and continue working towards our goals.
You might have pondered the question, how do I continue working amidst opposition, especially when the situation becomes stressful? Five practical ways are:
1. Talk to God and ask him to give you the wisdom and strength to deal with the opposition. The psalmist says, “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them” (Psalm 145:18-19).
2. Listen for his response and obey. Scripture says, “For God speaks again and again, though people do not recognize it” (Job 33:14).
3. Choose a Bible verse each day, meditate on it, ignore your detractors, and continue working. An example of a relevant Scripture is, “…be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power” (Ephesians 6:10).
4. Worship the Lord. You will maintain your joy (Psalm 16:11).
5. Reflect on the All-Powerful and All-Wise nature of God. You will be strengthened (Psalm 147:5).