To fret when facing a challenge is not productive. In Biblical history we find many examples of Godly people who prepared themselves when they faced a challenge.
King David defend himself in war against the Ammonites. The Ammonites gathered all the armies of other nations they could to crush the forces of Israel.
Like Eli (the priest) before him, Joab (king David’s general) resigns himself to God’s sovereignty. Eli said in 1 Samuel 3:18 “He is the LORD; let him do what is good in his eyes.” Following the spiritual leader’s example general Joab said: “Be strong and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. The LORD will do what is good in his sight” (2 Samuel 10:12). Joab said two things: Do your best and trust God fully.
What to do when you face a challenge:
- Pray. When faced with any challenge, pray and ask the sovereign God to do His will.
- Devote yourself to God’s will. Ask God to show you what to do and submit yourself to God’s will and His purposes. Unconditionally submit to the purposes and doings of the will of God. In your greatest crisis, refer everything to God.
- Be of good courage. We learn from this that a man should not depend just on miracles to sit back. We should have courage and approach what is ahead of us.
- Trust God. We should fully rely on God for the outcome. We have to have childlike and strong reliance on the Lord’s help.
- Do whatever you can. We should strive to do what we can to the best of our ability. God wants us to use and work through the resources and abilities we received from Him.
- Do your part. Like in the photo, the child should jump to be catched by the dad. We should act and trust God.
- Balance. There should be a balance between what we can do and your faith in God. Use your mind, abilities and resources to obey God, while at the same time trusting God for the outcome.