Outlook for tough times
I would like to talk today about the different ways our perspective can prevent us from achieving the best He wants for our lives.
First, our mental processes in times of difficulty can be detrimental to our success. In the midst of adversity, it is easy for our confidence to waver and we take our eyes off the Lord Jesus. Once God is no longer our focus, the problem is magnified. Negativity can defeat faith and destroy mood. Then we may be tempted to back down, which obviously thwarts God’s plan for our good.
Second, we tend to view the obstacle in terms of our own strengths and resources, rather than God’s. The apostle Paul clearly understood this, because he said: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil 4.13). The competition and love of the Lord are unlimited. He will give us everything we need.
We often miss the best that God has for us because we see the obstacle as a problem rather than an opportunity. Obstacles are one way for the Lord to demonstrate His tremendous power and increase our faith.
What happens when our focus shifts to a spiritual perspective regarding difficulties? Sadness turns to joy, and we experience joy.
When God gave instructions to Joshua, He revealed that Jericho would be defeated. But He doesn’t always show the big picture; sometimes it gradually reveals it to us. For what reason? So that we learn to trust Him every day; the Lord wants us to depend on his guidance today, and trust him tomorrow.