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Facing Our Challenges Properly

Facing Our Challenges Properly

But those who wait on the LORD  Shall renew their strength;  They shall mount up with wings like eagles,  They shall run and not be weary,  They shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV)

Do you ever get that feeling like you want to bailout, leave, or split?  I have to believe we all do.  It could be for a multitude of things, such as a bad relationship, a frustrating working environment, a tough financial commitment, the church we are attending, or even our Christian walk.  The underlying common denominator is when we are feeling uncomfortable and we just don't want to be at that particular place anymore.  We might feel like just getting up and leaving is the best thing we could possibly do, and perhaps it is, but not always - let me explain.

Maybe - just maybe - God has you there and He wants to work in, and through your life, and He is using this situation to get you to step out in faith, stretching you in your walk.  Perhaps He wants you to step up and work through the situation, and not just take an easy route out.

Let's take a look at 5 ways in which we can choose to handle these types of situations - those times when we are being confronted with something or someone that is challenging us, frustrating us, making us uncomfortable, or irritable.

1.    Run away:  This is probably the most common way to deal with unpleasant, tough and challenging issues because it is an easy way to handle what we believe to be the problem. Let's face it - confronting our difficulties is often uncomfortable, and it is very tempting to simply bail out.  This reaction leaves us right back where we started and we will inevitably end up facing the same challenges again because of our behavioral pattern; just new faces, new relationships, but the same you.

2.    Attack:  This is another common way to deal with a situation as we can become aggressive towards the person whom we feel is causing us to feel the way we do. It could be we are being held accountable, or the person may simply not be treating us the way we feel they should - it could be a multitude of reasons, but the effect is the same, it makes us want to lash out.  This attacking reaction leaves us caught up in sin and as a result we will be filled with anxiety and anger.

3.    Despair: Another way to deal with uncomfortable and challenging situations would be to lose hope and have an attitude of despair.  In this situation, we choose not to confront the issue but we just focus on the negative aspects of it, and become depressed and dejected.  This usually leads back to the temptation to run away.

4.    Fuss:  With this reaction to situations we start to complain or grumble about the person or the situation that we are being involved in.  We don't want to even entertain the possibility of God wanting to use us here.  We don't add any positive input, but instead we can be over critical and begin to spew negatively about the situation to all those who would listen.  When we choose this path we will find ourselves possessing a restless spirit and a lack of peace.

5.    Wait upon the Lord:  This is the one option we should put at the top of our list, as it is what God has called us to do.  When we don't know what to do and we find ourselves doing the things above, we should bring it in prayer and wait in faith for the sovereignty of God in that particular situation.

It is important to allow God to utilize His perfect timing in any situation, and to be patient in our waiting upon His leading.  If we get impatient and choose not to wait, we'll miss the opportunity to allow God to share His grace upon others through us. We will miss the miracle He wants to do, and we would ultimately miss the transformation within their lives.  

The next time you find yourself in a situation where you feel tempted to bail out, pray about it first, and if you know in your heart God is leading you to stay, simply tell yourself, "This time, no walking away!"

STUDY QUESTION: According to Isaiah 40:31, what happens as we patiently wait upon the Lord?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you found yourself running away, attacking, despairing, or fussing with others when being faced with a difficult situation?

APPLICATION:  Seek the Lord's counsel in every situation - chances are He has you there for a perfect reason.  He won't put you through something that you can't handle.   Properly place your faith in Him and continue to walk in truth - see what He wants to teach you.

Father, help me to have the insight to seek You in every situation.  Help me to persevere in situations where I am tempted to bail out and run away.  Show me what You would want me to do in each of these situations so I might allow You to show Your glory and will.  In Jesus' name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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