Obstacles – Part 1
Author Michele Murr
Obstacles. What comes to mind when you read that word? For some, it may represent defeat; others it could be a challenge. I wonder if anyone thought of victory. It’s funny how one little word can be thought of in many ways. It all depends on their perspective. When I read about the heroes of the faith throughout the Bible, I think of them as extraordinary people who were above average when it came to courage and strength. That was not the case. These were people who faced obstacles and through the grace and strength of God, they were able to overcome them. All of it was for the glory of God and to stand as a testimony of faith. We are no different; there is no respect of persons for God using these people. All we need to do is to trust Him and believe that we can overcome any obstacles that would try to hinder us from the calling and purpose we have in this world and let God’s glory be revealed through those situations. Let’s look at the obstacles some faced. Not all have what we consider a happy ending, but nonetheless God showed up. Also, you may be surprised at which ones I believe to be heroes and may give you a chance to pause and reflect on why I have chosen them. I will address one of them today. Opposition is an obstacle. Nehemiah’s heart was broken for Jerusalem and he wanted to rebuild the city. There was opposition from those who despised the Jewish people. So much so that Nehemiah and the workers had to work on the wall with one hand and hold a weapon in the other, or keep it always strapped to their garments. He tells them in Nehemiah 4:14, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.” Long story short, Jerusalem was rebuilt as God had revealed the enemies plan and nothing was going to deter them from rebuilding. Ask God to reveal the steps you need to take to overcome obstacles. Prayer is the number one defense. Ask Him to reveal the plans of the enemy and to thwart any opposition.