Difficulties and conflict make us aware of our need for God and His presence.
I have learned I don’t have to be overtaken when troubles loom within and without. Instead, I can take great comfort in knowing that my heavenly Father is with me in every circumstance of life and longs to show Himself strong on my behalf. Through the process, my faith is made stronger.
The apostle Paul describes the conflict he encountered in the midst of doing God’s will. He tells of having conflicts from without and being filled with fear from within.
God uses trials and difficulties to show us the nature of His character and to strengthen our faith. We can’t grow in our faith and understanding of God’s character except through difficulty. We can study about God’s ability to give peace, but until we’re in a position of unparalleled difficulty that threatens to rob us of our peace, we will not experience the peace that surpasses all understanding. We may possess knowledge of the truth, but God desires that we know Him intimately so our faith is deepened.
If we never experience a need, we will never know God’s ability to supply all our needs according to His riches in Christ. Nor will we be able to declare with the psalmist David, We have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. Without weakness, we will be incapable of experiencing God’s all-sufficient strength.
Let your conflicts drive you closer to God, not further away.
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