There is a misunderstanding about God that too often believers embrace. This belief assumes that if one is walking in God’s will, that means everything should go well; no problems, no challenges, no inconveniences. But that has never been God’s paradigm. Think about the people to whom God chose to bless and use…
- Noah… build something that has never been built, even if you are mocked
- Abraham… leave your homeland and follow me to a Promised Land
- Moses… Go lead my people from the bondage of the most powerful government
- David… Face the giant and defeat him
- Peter… come, walk on the water
- Paul… despite beatings, stonings, accusations, shipwrecks, keep preaching.
God created us similar on the order of a rubber band. A rubber band is made to stretch. When it is not being stretched, it is small, relaxed and useless, and as long as it remains in that shape, it is not doing what it was made to do. When it is being stretched, it is enlarged; it becomes dynamic; full of potential, and it does what it was made to do.
God created you to be stretched.
Does that scare you? Sometimes those circumstances, responsibilities, challenges can be intimidating, because they force us to change… to be stretched.
What is your potential? You will never know unless you allow God to use your circumstance to stretch you. What dreams has God given you? You will never realize those dreams unless you allow God to use your circumstance to stretch you. You and I will grow to the stature to which we are stretched through our trials and challenges. Charles Swindoll once wrote,
“Alleged ‘impossibilities’ are opportunities furor capacities to be stretched.”
Sometimes a believer with cower with intimidation because God has led them to face their giant. Sometimes churches recoil in their vision and mission because God has led them to a place of stretching. Both of these falter not because of their inability, but because they forgot who was leading them. “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” -Psalm 23:4
How is God growing and stretching you right now?
Don’t hesitate to recognize and cooperate with what God is doing. Let’s allow God take us out of our comfort zone, growing us in ways we could have never imagined, finding strength we didn’t know we had, and encountering victories to be celebrated.