Running a business is no easy and simple task. You have to worry about the customer’s needs being met, you have to make sure the operations part of the business is flowing correctly, as well as try to maintain a balanced personal life. It could get difficult. Many obstacles could arise at any given time from many different angles.
I’m no stranger to this. Not too long ago, I had been having a bunch of different circumstances that had been a nuance to what I am trying to accomplish. When something was going up I got word that something else was down. When I felt like I needed to go right, some totally different situation was pulling my attention to the left, not to mention receiving rejection after rejection on a variety of my creative designs. It was all becoming overwhelming and stressful. Going through all of that plus dealing with family issues can make you feel like giving up on your dreams and ambitions. I can admit I was getting there like the many times before when I’ve quit something I started prior to my close relationship to God. Knowing Him definitely changes things.
During this particular time, I was doing my usual morning with God routine where I just open my bible to see what God wants me to read for that morning. As I was going through the obstacles of getting my business in order and making sure my family was taken care of, I had been opening the Word to the end of Luke chapter 24.
Each day I would read it and think I got what I needed from it but the next day I would open to the same passage, therefore, I knew that I had to be missing something. It’s truly fascinating the different interpretations you can get from a few scriptures but that’s a story for another time.
After a week of opening to the same page, I decided to add a question in the prayer I say right before opening my Bible. I asked God that if he was gone show me this same page then could He reveal what it is that I am missing because I’m sick and tired of reading the same thing every morning and I’m ready to move on. And yes, if you are wondering if I really speak to God this way, I do. He gets me. After that prayer, I opened my Bible and there it was. The same page. But this time my eyes were automatically fixed on a certain scripture.
Wasn’t it necessary for the Messiah to suffer these things and enter into His glory?Luke 24:26
The Holy Spirit hit me with that fire. I then realized what God was trying to tell me. Everything that I am going through is just a part of the process of me walking into my glory. If the Son of God himself had to suffer to enter His glory why would I think it would be a cake walk for me to enter mine? Why am I stressing when I know I can crush any obstacle because I know that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me? Why am I feeling overwhelmed when I have committed and continuously commit my works to the Lord so my steps are already established?
Now when something comes up I laugh and I’m encouraged. I now see it as a challenge and not a burden. I just pray and ask the Lord to guide me and give me the knowledge and wisdom needed through the Holy Spirit to address the issue head on and to have the strength to do it in a way that is in His favor. It’s crazy because now that I think about it, I haven’t opened my Bible to that page since I received that revelation. God is amazing.
I pray this has encouraged you to remember everything our innocent Savior had to endure in order to enter His glory whenever you are feeling defeated. It is all a part of your journey so embrace it. If you need suggestions on how to do so my previous article may help you.
For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against himself, so that you won’t grow weary and give up.Hebrews 12:3