Opposition is a part of life, even if you are not a believer. Peter writes, “Do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you” (1 Peter 4:12). Thus, learning to see obstacles as opportunities, let alone enduring them, is something we need to learn.
So, allow me to offer some truths will help us gain perspective.
First, God is at work. The Bible says that in everything God is at work (Romans 8:28). Thus, we must hold on to the fact that God is orchestrating people and events to move His plan forward. Most of the time He works silently, invisibly, and effectively, but He is at work.
Second, He has already decided which difficulties to remove and which to leave in place. You see, for those that remain, the Lord will guide us through and show us how they fit into His plan. Thus, as David, we “wait patiently for the Lord” (Psalm 27:14). Why? Because what God has determined will always be accomplished.
Third, we must have a cooperative Spirit. Now, this is vital. For God wants us to be ready to face whatever – boldly, confidently, and unwavering. The Word is clear that God will equip us (Hebrews 13:20-21). More than anything, God desires that we develop great sensitivity and trust of Who He is and His presence in and thru our lives. Our God is for us, never against us (Romans 8:31). He will not forsake us. He will never abandon us. In fact, He will do the exact opposite. He will show us something amazing if we will walk by faith and not by our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6). He may not give us clarity all at once, but He will give us victory in the end.
I am aware that facing challenges is not easy. It takes God courage, patience, persistence, strength, and faith, but in the end, what God will do is worth it.