-Roadblocks will happen
- 1 Peter 4:12 tells us not to be surprised when we suffer.
- 1 Peter 4:13 tells us to be glad because God is at work and His
glory will be revealed. Now seriously, when was the last time
you were like "Yes, I had a horrible day today!" It's not likely to
come out of your mouth but we can be glad and rejoice when God
is at work.
-Don't try to manipulate your future
- Joseph wanted out of his situation and rightfully so, that is why
he pleaded with Pharaoh's cupbearer to remember him. But we
must realize that God's timing is perfect and our time is far from
perfect. We want things now and so when we try to push God's
timetable forward, we just become frustrated.
- Live by faith, not by sight
- We hear this so many times, but what does it mean? Well it tells
hear numerous times in the Bible such as in Deuteronomy
31:6 that God will never leave us. Be encouraged because God is
by our side and will never leave us!
- Growth will occur...If you let it
- James 1:2-3 tells us that when our faith is tested we have the
opportunity to grow. I like to make jokes about Wikipedia b/c
Michael Scott of "The Office" uses it so much. But Wikipedia tells
us that a roadblock is temporary. When we face trials, we must
move past it and see it as a time for growth. When a seed is
planted, it must break open first in order to grow. We too must
be broken before spiritual growth can occur.
In one of my favorite movies "Facing the Giants" when the team is so close to winning the state championship game, the team captain Brock comes to the coach and tells him that he's tired and can't go on anymore. The coach proceeds to tell him that he needs him in there just a little bit longer. So Brock goes back in the game, pulls all the strength he can and helps the team win the game. When you face trials in life, and you may be going through one right now, know that God doesn't want you to give up and come out of the game. He wants you to hang in there, pull all the strength you can and keep on going. Know that God is right beside you cheering you on and will never leave you. Take these opportunities to see how God wants you to grow.
And here is the Road Trip Part 3 Video