When someone repents and becomes born again and thinks that everything will begin to work smoothly henceforth only to be faced with fierce challenges and you begin to ask, why me, oh Lord?
When someone has been following the Lord for a period of time and suddenly, he is faced with fierce challenges and he begins to wonder if the Lord has forgotten him?
When someone is called into the ministry and all he sees is troubles and he begins to question his calling.
I have seen confusion in the lives of many believers when things become so tough and rough in their lives and they begin to question their salvation and if God really exists.
These confusions are due to the nature of teachings they were exposed to. The teachings are such that talk about prosperity, how to dominate your world, how to conquer your enemies, 10 ways to succeed in life etc.
They will tell you that you are a new creation, old things have passed away and you are not permitted to be faced with challenges. And that if you are facing any difficulty, it means that you have not prayed; you have not confessed all your sins; you need deliverance, you have not sown a seed regarding your challenges; you may not be paying your tithes; etc.
It’s not in all the cases that any of the above might be true.
Jesus acknowledged the fact that it is not all rosy in following Him. He said in this world you will suffer tribulations, but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world (John 16:33)
The bible says that the road to eternal life is narrow and full of thorns( Matthew 7:13-14)
Jesus Christ didn’t find it easy neither did the apostles. They were flogged, starved, imprisoned, killed, stoned, mocked etc.
So, James said count it all joy when you are faced with trials and temptations(James 1:2-3) And John said, “My brothers and companions in tribulations” (Revelation 1:9) So, they knew that trials, difficulties, temptations, hardships etc are all part of your walk with the Lord.
They are the salt that make our work and walk with the Lord tasty. They give meaning to our relationship with the Lord. The greater the challenges, the greater the glory, the power you carry.
Can you tell me from Genesis to Revelations any man of God that didn’t pass through challenges, trials and temptations? Even your pastor, if he tells you how he got to the level he is now, you will marvel. A man of God titled his message, “University of tears”. If you have not cried in your journey with the Lord, then something is missing. Ask Job, Elijah, Jeremiah, Jesus, Peter etc
But one thing was certain! The Lord saw them through cause He was not unaware of that school of trials and temptations.
Now the question is, why does the Lord allow such? Nothing comes our way without His express approval.
That leads us to the “IMPORTANCE OF CHALLENGES IN THE LIFE OF EVERY BELIEVER”.
To be continued…