Lebanon Reporter

March 21, 2014

Finding the strength to overcome a trial

Lebanon Reporter

---- — The account I am about to share with you happened to my wife and me 29 years ago this month. We were living in Crawfords-ville, pastor-ing a church while working in Lebanon, commuting back and forth. It was snowing around 5 in the afternoon and we decided we needed to get home. We were traveling on State Road 32 west of Lebanon, going around a curve when a semi-tractor trailer hauling gasoline jackknifed, sliding into our lane. The truck slid in front of us and we went under the trailer and were trapped in our car. We were bleeding from the injuries we had received — my nose was broken along with other head injuries. Norma, my wife, had a severe cut to her right arm and other scratches and bruises to her head and body.

As we became aware of what had happened, we began to pray for each other. The Lord reminded me of a Scripture that I had been reading a few days earlier from Ezekiel 16:6 (KJV) which says, “And when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live; I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live.” We had to be cut out of our automobile and were placed in ambulances and taken to Witham Hospital here in Lebanon. As soon as word got out about the accident, people began to pray for us. God began to answer those prayers.

The fact is that any time God is about to take you to a new level, you will face opposition. There will be new battles to fight, new obstacles to overcome. There maybe some people who doubt you, or speak poorly of you. Or in our case, the enemy wants to destroy you. It’s easy to let negative voices discourage you. It’s tempting to think, “Why is this happening?” I thought this right after our accident. When we start moving in a new direction for God, the enemy will do all sort of things to try to stop us. But right beyond today’s challenges are tomorrow’s victories. New levels of success are just on the other side. People now are going through some rather tough times; some are sick, others have just lost their jobs, some are about to lose their homes. We have an enemy who wants to see us defeated. On the inside we may be hurting, but on the outside we should wear a smile on our face. Do not let them see you defeated. Be confident in knowing that you are a child of the Most High God, and He will see you through whatever battle you are going through. It’s time to trust in Him.

David would be known only as a shepherd boy if it were not for Goliath. The future king’s enemy was actually a tool by God to promote him. David was called a man after God’s own heart. God loved David like He does each one of us. But what did God do? He sent him Goliath.

The size of your problem reflects the the promise of your outcome. If you have a big problem, don’t get discouraged. Whenever God pits us against a Goliath, He always gives us the strength, the determination, the fortitude to overcome.

Even when the challenge is great and the bottom seems to be falling out, in the middle of that adversity there will be supernatural strength, a peace that passes all understanding, a joy rising in your spirit. God gives us exactly what we need. He gave my wife and me what we needed to get us through that accident.I love the fact that David defeated Goliath with far less equipment than most soldiers of that day took to battle. When David went out to the battlefield that day, he didn’t have a sword. He didn’t have a shield. All he had was a slingshot and five smooth stones. That didn’t make sense. In the natural, David seemed foolish going against a giant with such puny weapons. But when you know whose you are, then you understand that God has armed you with strength for every battle.

David said in Psalm 3:1 (NLT), “O Lord, I have so many enemies; so many are against me.” Have you ever been there? You overcome one adversity, and it seems like something else comes against you. You finally make it through one sickness, and find out something else is wrong. God will always be there for you, and make a way of escape out of that problem. Galatians 6:9 (KJV) says, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”— Tom Wyatt, is pastor of One Way Christian Church, Lebanon.