Overcoming obstacles – part 3

This week’s blog post continues the series about overcoming obstacles.

There are times when obstacles should be a cause for rejoicing rather than being a cause for fear and discouragement.

The obstacles might be a way for God to show His power in a greater way. When the Israelites were slaves in Egypt, they faced a major obstacle in Pharaoh. No matter what God did, sending plague after plague, from frogs to boils to hail and thunder, Pharaoh refused to let the Israelites go. The Bible gives the reason for this in Exodus 7:3, where God says that “I will make Pharaoh’s heart stubborn so I can multiply my miraculous signs and wonders in the land of Egypt.” We can rejoice when we face obstacles because we can have confidence in a God who empowers us to conquer our difficulties and who uses our victories to glorify His name.

Another reason why we might face obstacles is that God wants to use those obstacles to build your character. Obstacles can provide wonderful opportunities to grow. When you face a test, it forces you to develop your problem-solving skills, as well as cultivates patience, perseverance and endurance. In James 1, it is written – “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James writes that obstacles can be a method by which God develops good character qualities in us, so when you face an obstacle, instead of getting bitter, get better!

Obstacles require us to develop patience and perseverance because a lot of times victory is something which can only be achieved in the long run. When faced with obstacles, we can either give up or have faith that God can help us overcome our obstacles. We’ve talked about how obstacles can work for our good, but this outcome can only come through endurance and hindsight. It’s only be going through the trial, trusting in God for the long run, that we can look back and see how God has delivered us from our obstacles. The truth that we are more than overcomers in Christ  is something that can only be learnt in the long run, when we have grown old enough to be able to look back at our lives and see the bigger picture. If you don’t give up on God, you can be sure in the long run He will deliver you and you will experience extraordinary victories.

  • Tiffany Tsao

    This series is very encouraging indeed. Good reminders for this particular season of my life. Thanks for writing them.