I continually hear people talk on and on about how the challenges they are facing are the most difficult. Some claim that no one has been through what they are going through and that’s why they cannot understand. They make it look like no one else could have survived if they had to go through what they are going through.
Nothing is new. The other day, I received a call from someone who told me that the concerns of another person whom had requested her prayer request to be put up in a post, was exactly the same as hers. She told me how it strengthened her resolve to hold on to God to help her through her challenges.
Listen to the Scriptures:
That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which it may be said, “See, this is new”? It has already been in ancient times before us (Ecclestiastes 1:9-10)
You are not alone. Be encouraged by the fact that some people have gone ahead of us. These are cloud of witnesses, cheering us on. They have successfully overcome the exact same challenges that you are passing through now. I guess that some must have given up too. Whatever you are going through is for a purpose. God allows certain things to befall us to either test how much we have grown in faith or to strengthen our faith in Him.
Whatever the case, instead of ranting and complaining, rely on God to see you through. Stop focusing on the intensity of the pain you are going through. Instead, focus on God who is able to bring you safely to the other side of this river. Don’t allow yourself to be manipulated into thinking that God does not love you by allowing you go through the greatest troubles ever. God does love you. The Scriptures makes us realize that God will not allow temptations greater than our capabilities to come our way. Just like God gives gifts and talents according to our abilities, he allows difficulties to come our way as much as we can handle. Therefore, if you are going through a hard time, know that it’s because God knows you CAN handle it. And the probability is either that you will successfully go through the situation or that you will collapse under the weight of the trial. The choice is yours.
Don’t you give up! Choose to be a success story. God’s grace is sufficient. Plunge into the pool of His grace today.
~OMOSEBI Mary Omolola