Today’s Scripture: And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Matthew 17:20

We serve a God Who will never allow something major in our lives that can’t help us. He won’t allow any tragedy in your life that can’t be used for your benefit. He can take something that is terrible and work it out to where it is a blessing in the long run. We often cannot see that in the near-term, but it is a truth that we find in Scripture.

Life is full of epic challenges and obstacles, and we must find ways to overcome them. Some obstacles in life are small and easy, but some may seem nearly impossible. Life’s obstacles can bring fear. We are going to come to those obstacles, they are going to look scary, and we’re going to wonder how in the world we can possibly conquer them.

Often, God will give you things in life to test you. Such testing is designed for you to be strengthened. Every time you come to a test, every time you do any type of exercise, you are strengthening your body. You actually strengthen your muscles by tearing them down. Most exercises are developed in a way that tears down so that your body can rebuild stronger. That’s the whole purpose of a test or exercise, and such is the same in your spiritual life.

God will send testing your way, and if you can work through it and get over that obstacle or hurdle, it is going to strengthen you so that next time you will be able to do something greater.

Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.