OBSTRUCTIONS TO OVERCOME

1 Peter 5:6-10

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

Yesterday we discussed the important concept of seeking God’s best in our life decisions, which requires accepting God’s way and listening to His voice. Today, let us consider some common, potential obstructions that could stand in the way of receiving His best.

A primary inhibitor to wise decisions is taking our eyes off God. Many times, when unforeseen obstacles or trials enter our lives, we place our focus on the problem instead of the ultimate solution—God’s wisdom. It is in these times that we must not look at our shortcomings and inabilities. We must also avoid comparing ourselves to others. Instead, in our state of weakness, we must call upon the strength of the Lord. God has said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NASB).

Another set of roadblocks we are likely to encounter are detours from Satan. The enemy will do everything in his power to lead you away from God and into a foolish decision. Therefore, we must discard ungodly counsel and be keenly aware of his conniving schemes. The Bible says that Satan is “like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). We must pray for protection and rely upon the discernment of the Holy Spirit in order to avoid disaster.

It is wonderful to know that we can count on the Lord Jesus Christ to help us overcome these obstacles to wise decision making. When our trust is in Him, He will guide our paths according to His will, and we will experience His best.

Dear Lord, remove every obstruction. Help me keep my focus on You, resist comparing myself to others, and avoid detours from Satan. Give me the discernment of the Holy Spirit.

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