The Christian with a desire to serve God never wants to see the work of God hindered in anyway. It has been suggested that opposition to the work of God is an opportunity for the work of God. That is true considering, “…His thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the LORD.” [Isaiah 55:8]
The empowering strength that we receive from prayer will help to keep you patient during the times of opposition from the enemies of God. Receiving God’s richest blessing is dependant on how you accept events, especially events of extreme interruption to your plan for succeeding with His work. There are three areas that must be considered when accepting permitted events in your life, especially those events perceived to be a hindrance to you and God’s work.
First, we must adjust to the reality of enemies against God, His work and you! As with any adversary the intention is to put you in a tight place, thereby slowing down or stopping God’s work in your life. The Scripture declares that you “…be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour…” [I Peter 5:8]. The enemy always wants to weaken the hands of the people of God. The purpose is clear, their presence cannot be avoided, and they always have a plan. But if you first understand their reasoning, you can adjust and continue with God’s work!
Second, we must adjust to the accusations from the enemies of God against His work and your conduct. “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.” [Rev. 12:10]. There will be a time, yet future, when Jesus will put all enemies under his feet! But, for now you must adjust and continue your service for His glory.
Third, we must adjust to the apparent success of the enemies of God against His work and you. There are times in God’s permitted events of life, which the enemy seems to have the upper hand with absolutely no hope of appeal. The work of God is idled with no prospect of advancement. Be careful, because you may convince yourself that there is no reason to hope, no future and no reason to continue! That is a dangerous state of mind.
Permitted events in your life are indeed allowed and controlled by God. Our mind must be stayed upon Him. Trust Him, and He will see you through. God is still on His throne. Amen! [Thoughts taken from Ezra 4: 1-24].