I am sure you have had one of those periods in life. When you are skating along and everything seems to be going great. You feel confident in the direction in which the Lord has you moving. Then-BAM! WHACK! You slam right into the makings of a brick wall. Or two.
A wall of defeat, maybe.
Maybe it’s a wall of criticism. Or self-doubt.
Hurt. Grief. Loneliness. Sin.
Regardless of what that brick wall may be, it begins to slowly tear away at any progress you have made. Making you feel that instead of moving ahead, you are now starting to move backwards.
Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you the path to take. Proverbs 3:6
This is what I had been doing. I had been letting Him lead me. Allowing Him to show me the path. I had a renewed sense of passion. Of purpose. I had a vision, and a plan I felt in my heart was truly His.
And then…it happened. I hit that wall and started staring at all the bricks that stood in front of me. The bricks that wanted to prevent me from staying the course.
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. John 10:10
And, that’s what he tried to do.
See, all those bricks of defeat, criticism, self-doubt, hurt, grief, and loneliness are all the bricks that the devil tries to throw at you when you are headed in the right direction. The bricks that make up the wall that Satan tries to erect in your path to veer you off God’s chosen course.
With each roadblock, there is a brick on the wall which reads what Satan wants me so desperately to believe…
You are not good enough. You are not making a difference. You are not getting through to them.
Turn around. It’s too hard for you.
God has left you. You will never make it past this point now.
Just give up. You don’t have any other choice.
But, when those walls start looming in front of us, we do have a choice. We can give into Satan’s lies, or we can hold our heads high. Climb over those obstacles. Keep moving. Know that God has not left us. That He guides each and every step of our course.
With His strength and favor we can climb those walls. Chip away at those bricks. Move forward and keep going, no matter what obstacles lie before us, so that we can reach the glorious destination he has charted for each of us.
For the Lord, your God, will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you or abandon you. Deuteronomy 31:6