No obstacle will leave you the way it found you. You will be better or worse. Your prayers cannot remove trials, temptations or unwanted situations. Problems are the price of progress. People think this earth is a bed of roses, they are told that if they are in Christ everything is settled. They dream to live comfortable immediately they confess Christ. Sorry, the day you accepted Christ as your personal Lord and saviour your battles began immediately. The good news is that the spirit to overcome is in you.
The obstacles of life are intended to make us better. The truth is that if you like things easy, you will have difficulties. If you like problems, you will succeed. Not that we have to pray for problems but the biggest successes are the ones who solve the biggest problems.
The Bible is a book of problems filled with stories of men and women who faced incredible challenges and with God’s help overcame them and found themselves at another level. Great trials are the necessary preparation for greatness. Consider what Jesus said,
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
So far as you are in this world you are not exempted from tribulations. It is part of your calling. You cannot be approved for a reward when you have not passed through the examination of life. These tribulations are not funny, easy or something that is enjoyable. The test you are going to experience will need you to be strong, faithful and unwavering in your confessions. That is not the time to start asking God, ‘why me?’, ‘God why are You not answering me?’. What you say determines how far you will go.
Jabez encountered poverty problems before his story changed (1 Chronicles 4:9-10). Abraham was tested to offer up Isaac after long years of barreness (Hebrews 11:17). It was not easy for Joshua to get to the promised land, he needed to fight wars, faced death situations, destroyed Jericho before he crossed over (Joshua 6). Jesus had to run to another city when He heard John the Baptist was beheaded, He disappeared twelve times when they plotted to kill Him (Matthew 14:10:13).
You are not the first to encounter such problems neither will you be the last. Your experiences are not the worst. Other people had suffered similar fate or worst scenarios than yours. Get yourself together, focus on your strengths not your weaknesses, talk less and pray more, believe more and show no worries, read the Scriptures daily and disassociate yourself from unproductive discussions, think of the reward and not the situation.
When you encounter obstacles, you will discover things about yourself that you never really knew. You will also find out what you really believe. Every problem introduces a person to himself.
The breakfast of champions is not cereal, it’s problems.