Monday, February 4, 2013

Obstacles in Life

Thank you vms915 for suggesting a post on overcoming obstacles!

I have spent time thinking and praying on this.  Obstacles is a very broad term, there are so many kinds of obstacles in life.  I was thinking and talking with God in my heart / mind and this Bible verse kept leaping into my heart / mind:  the one that says "If God is for us, who can be against us?"

So I decided to study this verse further.  It is from Romans 8:31  " What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?"  (you can read more here: Romans 8: Comfort in God's Sovereignty  )

Again, "obstacles" is such a broad term.   Everyone suffers and has their own obstacles to overcome.   Some are truly horrible, perhaps they are abused, neglected, suffer from disease or poverty.  Obstacles do not have to be that huge.  Perhaps the obstacle we struggle with is the death of a loved one, or a fight with a friend. Or being bullied at school.  It could be loneliness.   There are like 7 billion people on earth, so I would bet there is 7 billion different obstacles.

But what they all have in common, is the deep hurt / struggle we have with them that it removes us from God.  
I think that is what we first have to recognize.  That's what it tells us in the first verse:  God will cause all things to work together for good for those who love God.    Are you putting God first?  Or the obstacle?

Without God these obstacles can put us in a deep dark hole.  We can't see the light, we only see the pain and hurt.  Without His help we might turn to trying to "fix" things ourselves, maybe by turning to the wrong people, turning to drinking or drugs, or hurting ourselves, like cutting.

If you struggle with any kind of obstacle, you have to get "right" with God.  By this I mean seek Him.  Pray for His help, pray for His interventions, that he will put the right people before you who can help.  Surround yourself with others who Know Him.  

Jesus tells us in Matthew 11:30 "For my Yoke is Easy and My Burden is Light"
More on "My Yoke is Easy"

It means God / Jesus wants to help us in our times of need, want to help us overcome our obstacles and to be all He designed us to be.   He offers His help, all you have to do is accept it.


See my earlier post on Nick
and the Obstacles He Has Overcome!


Here is a Great Song that maybe Sums this All Up!

Here is the Story Behind that Great Song!

Tiffany Lee, aka Plumb, tells the story behind "Need You Now (How Many Times), "Need You Now was born out of anxiety and panic attacks I had as a teenager. I've learned over the years that no matter how many times I've cried out to God, for whatever reason, He never grows tired. He never leaves us alone or gives us more than we can carry because he loves us. No matter what we've done. I'm so thankful this song that has helped me, can give hope to others as well."