When You're Challenged

If you can identify with even a handful of the tentmaker's most common challenges, you know you need more than determination to make it through.

God Himself stands with you to meet every dilemma.  You're not alone; His Word carries guarantees that you don't have to find your own solutions. No challenge takes Him by surprise, but with the assurance of His help, every challenge takes you closer to Him.

Psalm 27: 1  The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 115:1  Not to us, O Lord, not to us but toyour name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.

Proverbs3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 12:25 Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.

Isaiah 40:11  He tends his flock like a shepherd:  He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.

Isaiah 41:13 For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says, Do not fear; I will help you.

Isaiah 42:3  A ruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.  Iin faithfulness he will bring forth justice.

Lamentations 3:21-23 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope;  Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Ecclesiastes 7:9 Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.

1 Timothy 2:23-24 Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.  And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.

I Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because He cares for you.

I Corinthians 13:4-5 Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Romans 5:3-5 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character, and character, hope.  And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, those who have been called according to his purpose.

Philippians 4:13 (In the context of being content) I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

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Scripture has much more to say about what God does with our problems.  That is His specialty, His greatest achievement—the plan of salvation, our Savior.  If He has given us the promise of eternity, don’t you think He can care for the very earthly, everyday challenges we meet?