It’s through the challenges that we can experience new life.
Reference: “because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me.” 1 Corinthians 16:9 NIV
Explore: “Life wasn’t meant to be easy.”
I’m not sure how true that statement is, but I do know we all go through times that are difficult and challenging.
In talking to a midwife she had many stories to tell of women going through labour. She spoke of breach births and complications but she also spoke of valiant efforts and heroic mothers.
Often, nearing the end of labour, the mother will want to give up. She’ll be exhausted and writhing in pain and will say she can’t do it any more.
It’s at that point the midwife knows the baby is almost there. With some encouragement from the midwife, and incredible strength from the mother, the baby will be born.
While the labour can be excruciating, the birth of a new life is exhilarating. What a treasure to behold after such an ordeal.
Application: Often when we hit pain or obstacles we question the purpose and see if we can work our way around it. But often it’s through the challenges that we can experience new life.
When Paul was writing to the Corinthians he spoke of opposition he was facing. But instead of running away from it he saw it as a great opportunity for effective work.
What an incredibly positive perspective when facing challenges. I wish I could always be so upbeat about opposition!
But Paul sets us a great example. Instead of us shying away from difficulties maybe we need to look at all seasons of life as an opportunity to express our work for God.
If we look at each time in our life as a God opportunity then our perspective will certainly move to align with Him.
Prayer: Lord, help us endure hardships. May You work through us in every season of our lives. Amen.
What challenges have you been through lately? What opportunities have they brought?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.