Mark Alan Williams
God doesn't give the hardest battles to His toughest soldiers
He creates the toughest soldiers out of life’s hardest battles. -Unknown
God doesn’t give the hardest battles to His toughest soldiers; He creates the toughest soldiers out of life’s hardest battles. It seems as though some of the hardest battles that I have been through have come when I am at my weakest. I think God allows this so He will receive all the glory for sustaining me. I have been humbled, because not only have I had to rely on God but, I have had to ask others for help.
This is a guest post by Beth Harris. She is a wife, mother, Bible study leader and volunteer editor for www.markalanwilliams.net.
Before I became a Christian, I would rather die than admit that I had a weakness or needed help. I was raised to be independent and to think that asking for help was a sign of weakness. But now I believe that asking for help is actually a sign of strength. Asking for help during life’s hardest battles is very difficult. It is hard to admit that we need help, because it requires humility.
But that seems to be just what God has wanted me to learn. The truth is that with each battle, I recognize even more my own inadequacy and my faith has grown. Now I ask for help and gladly admit that I need the Lord and other believers in my life.
There is a similar quote of unknown origin on social media right now that says, “God gives His hardest battles to His toughest soldiers.”
However, if we look at the Bible, we can see that this is not a true statement. Moses was a reluctant leader, because he was slow in speech (Exodus 4:10-11). Gideon was afraid and timid (Judges 6:27), and Elijah even had moments when he was so discouraged that he wanted to die (1 Kings 19:4).
God used these men of faith to do great things in spite of their flaws and weaknesses.
God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:28-31 NIV)
God doesn’t give the hardest battles to His toughest soldiers, because He wants us to depend on Him. He helps those who in humility acknowledge their weakness and need for Him. This is great news for those who are feeling overwhelmed.
Help is just a prayer away and when we depend on God, He receives the glory.
2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” (NLT)
Isaiah 40:29 says, “He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.” (NLT)
Psalm 34:2 says, “My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad.” (ESV)
Psalm 69:32 says, “The humble will see their God at work and be glad. Let all who seek God’s help be encouraged.” (NLT)
God creates the toughest soldiers out of life’s hardest battles.
In fact, one day we will thank God for our hardest battles, including every hardship and difficulty, because God doesn’t waste anything. In fact, He uses suffering in the lives of believers to make us more like His Son, Jesus Christ.
Christians have the promises of God to encourage us during our hardest battles.
Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (NLT)
James 1:2-4 says, “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” (NLT)
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. (Romans 5:3-4 NLT)
God is doing good things for each believer through even the hardest battles. We can trust Him to keep His Word and promises.
How has God used your hardest battles?
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