Posted in Blog by Tom Lambert on January 13th, 2015 | No Comments

Over the past week I have felt like I have been challenged once more both in my self and in faith. We all have challenges in life whether they are how do we get to level 6 of candy crush or how on earth am I going to get through the stress of exams. There is always something looming over us with what seems like a battle ahead. Often we find ourselves saying where is God in all this in all of these battles, how do we even find time for someone else let alone God in these challenges. I’m always thankful that God knows me and what I’m like when I’m stressed or have lots to do. He is always there with us beside us and we can walk with him through problems or challenges we face.

Often we think ‘cool thats nice’ but what we have to know is that God is powerful and does powerful things through us and for us he may not take challenges away but he can make us strong through them. The book of Nehemiah shows this through the actions of Nehemiah himself as he is called to rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem which have been torn down. In itself a challenge, just think about building miles of wall made of stone round a city on his own, I can’t even make a sandcastle without help. But through starting in a place of prayer saying ‘lord I want to do this with your help’ and working for and through God, he gets help and he gets a workforce. Many more challenges come his way while rebuilding this wall and through keeping God in the loop and having a constant connection to the father through prayer, action and lifestyle he takes them all one by one.

So challenges are something that we can use to connect further with God, deepen our connections, to see and live while growing relationship and faith. If you’re struggling with challenges get someone to pray with you and for you, also give Nehemiah a read and see how he and God handle things togther.

But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
The will soar high on wings like eagles.
The will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31

– Michael Edwards

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