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“A river is victoriously persistent, overcoming all barriers. For a while it goes steadily on its course, but then comes to an obstacle. And for a while it is blocked, yet it soon makes a pathway around the obstacle. Or a river will drop out of sight for miles, only later to emerge again even broader and greater than ever. Do you see God using the lives of others, but an obstacle has come into your life and you do not seem to be of any use to God? Then keep paying attention to the Source, and God will either take you around the obstacle or remove it. The river of the Spirit of God overcomes all obstacles. Never focus your eyes on an obstacle or remove it. The river of the Spirit of God overcomes all obstacles. The obstacle will be a matter of total indifference to the river that will flow steadily through you if you will allow anything to come between you and Jesus Christ – not emotion or experience – nothing must keep you from the one great sovereign Source.” – Oswald Chambers
As I read this I couldn’t help but think of the times in my life when I’ve focused on the difficulty instead of focusing on Christ! I’m sure I could have spared myself a lot of hurt had I looked to my Savior instead of focusing on the trial.
I’m reminded of John 16:33 that says, “…In this world you will have trouble…” Christ doesn’t say you might have trouble or there may be a few days that are difficult; as Christ followers we will have trouble. But He doesn’t just leave us hanging with that hard news that trouble will come. He leaves us with a promise at the end of the verse, “But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
I don’t know what difficulties you’re currently going through but I want to encourage you to keep your eyes on Christ. Philippians 4:13 tells us, ” ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ “What a great promise to cling to especially when we are going through the trials of life.