Grace and peace be unto you.
“If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses?” (Jeremiah 12:5).
How has your challenges shaped your Christlike Image? The higher you climb, the more complex your challenges will be. Hence, God wants you to successfully complete your present difficulties so you are adequately prepared for the next level. When opportunity meets unpreparedness, failure is highly likely. With this thought in mind, God expects you to pray and not give up when you encounter trials (Luke 18:1).
Jesus’s disciples experienced mild trials while they ministered with him. For example, on one occasion, they were in a boat on a lake and a windstorm arose. The waves swept over the boat and they feared for their lives. Jesus was asleep in the stern, they woke him, and asked for help. He got up and calm the windstorm (Matthew 8:23-26). In another instance, Simon Peter and six disciples went fishing all night and caught nothing. Early the next morning, Jesus told them to cast their net on the right side of the boat. They obeyed, and their net was filled to capacity (John 21:3-6).
The experiences enhanced their knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. Beyond the shadow of a doubt, their character became more Christlike. As a result, when Jesus returned to heaven, they were prepared to deal with the various forms of persecutions that arose. Similarly, at the beginning of our Christian journey, we face minor challenges. Nonetheless, when we successfully manage them, we develop the attributes and skills to deal with major ones. Most importantly, God sees that we are mature and promotes us to the next level by giving us more responsibility, resources, and blessings.
God has given us the two resources needed to successfully manage our challenges. We have the Holy Spirit who empowers and guides us in all truth and his Word which is applicable to every situation (John 16:13; 2 Timothy 3:16). When we depend on the Holy Spirit, believe God’s Word, and trust in him, we are victorious over our challenges, and prepared for the next level.
Heavenly Father, please help us to effectively manage our struggles so we can rise to the next level. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.