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Biblical Wisdom In Plain English

Overcoming The Giant Of Challenge

There’s an old adage that says: “Everyone enjoys a good challenge!” Really? Not everyone, because many times people run from challenges for fear of failure or disappointment. A challenge is defined as: “a task or situation that tests someone’s abilities or determination.” Again, people may often say: “I’m up for the challenge!” Really? Because if you are, you’re saying: “I’m ready to fight and work hard!” 

Challenges are an important part of life and can have many benefits. But overcoming some challenges can be like facing the giant! It can defeat you or you can overcome it. Even during teen years, challenges can prepare teens for the adult world. They learn that obstacles will become a part of life; and they must learn to manage them and overcome them. 

These challenges then become experiences that can mature them for their future enrichment. Challenges produce resistance, which develops inner stamina. Even in the physical realm, challenges can make you stronger; because in order to build physical strength, you must apply resistance to your muscles. 

However, a challenge can sometimes be a dare, as in the story of Elijah and the wicked king Ahab in I Kings 18:20-40. The Children of Israel under the leadership of King Ahab fell into gross idolatry and sin. God, therefore sent the prophet Elisha to speak a word to them because of this, that there would not be rain or dew in the land. After no rain for 3 ½ years, the land fell into a severe famine. 

Elisha then returns to Israel this time with a challenge. He requests the presence of King Ahab, the 450 prophets of Baal, the 400 prophets of groves, and all the children of Israel to meet him at Mt Carmel. And this is what the prophet Elijah said to them all: “How long halt ye between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow Him: but if Baal, then follow him.” 

So, now, you have 850 prophets of Baal competing with one Prophet of the Lord! Elijah then tells them to choose 2 oxen. They each take one ox to put on the altar. Elijah says to them, the God that answers by fire shall be the true God, and they all agreed. What a challenge and what a giant to overcome! 

Elijah put his life and his reputation on the line! Either he would fail, and Israel would remain in Idolatry and sin and never honor God as Lord, or God would give Elijah the victory to win the challenge. Well, after the 850 Baal prophets call on their gods while prophesying, singing, crying, and even cutting themselves from morning to evening with no response, Elisha then steps up to the challenge. 

And, in a matter of minutes, God sends down fire from heaven and consumes the sacrifice, and Elijah speaks a word and it rains! So, if you’re struggling with challenges or giants in your life, don’t be afraid to face that challenge. Even if it’s hard, remember Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Also, Romans 8:31: “…If God be for us, who can be against us?” So, I’m up for the challenge, what about you? 


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