The closer we get to God, the more we recognize His wisdom in allowing us to live with difficulties. “Difficulty” may manifest itself in many forms–financial hardship, a personal flaw, an unmet need, a physical problem, a broken heart, a persistently unsolved problem, etc. Are you experiencing any of these “difficulties?” If so, you have been presented with a magnificent opportunity! When we place our life in God’s hands, “difficulty” is the seed from which a mighty oak grows. To possess God’s strength, we must learn to depend upon Him.

It’s a daily process.

Paul the Apostle wrote: “So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:7-10‬) When we allow our difficulty to consistently lead us to God, we find our life is NOT difficult. It is full of grace, contentment and strength.

Our biggest barrier to handling life’s difficulties is learning to give them to God. To give them to Him, we must know Him well enough to entrust them to Him. We must trust Him more than we trust ourselves or anyone else. As we seek Him, we learn He is very, very trustworthy. Furthermore, His presence transforms us to be more like Him. We never want to go back to who we were before. When our greatest weaknesses make us dependent upon God as our greatest Source of strength, we are humbled as we watch Him transform difficulty into our greatest accomplishments!

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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