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From obstacles to opportunities – Part 2


W. F. Kumuyi

Nothing good in life comes easy. There is always a task to accomplish, a precept to abide by, and an example to follow. There is always something to drop or leave behind.

Many times, there is the need to change your focus, to aspire to things that others may not readily appreciate, and to brave the odds, and dare to be different. This is why believers who are ready to pay the price of discipleship are those who will overcome obstacles.

The Almighty God wants us to love and obey Him. “And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the LORD, and do all his commandments which I command thee this day.” As we obey the Lord, He turns our obstacles to glorious opportunities. This was the story of Joseph in the Bible. That young man wholeheartedly obeyed the Lord by living righteously and resisting the enticement to commit sin. This is the reason he was afterwards greatly blessed by God.


The believer avoids sin not for fear of men or church discipline, but because he seeks to obey and please the Lord. Caleb’s wholehearted obedience to the Lord in the Bible also brought divine approval and blessings. Although the young lady, Ruth, lost her husband early in their marriage, she resolutely followed and obeyed the Lord. Singles should learn to obey the Lord and be blessed like Ruth from whose lineage Jesus Christ was born.

God delights in and looks for obedience in all His children. He requires obedience that is not superficial but from the heart. Our obedience must be (1) unconditional, (2) uncommon and unconventional, (3) unconcealed and uncovered, (4) uncompromising, (5) uncontaminated, (6) uncomfortable, and, (7) unchanging. As you obey the Lord, His blessings will not stop flowing in your life.


Glorious opportunities always come the way of obedient believers who face obstacles in life. “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive”. Joseph’s obedience turned his obstacles to glorious opportunities; the Lord blessed him tremendously. Ruth also was greatly blessed because of her sacrifice and faithfulness to the Lord. To those who obey the Lord, He grants open doors that no enemy or obstacle can shut.

Further Reading (King James Version): Zechariah 4:7; Genesis 50:20; Romans 8:28; Genesis 41:14; 1 Samuel 2:8; Deuteronomy 6:23; Psalm 40:2; Ezekiel 36:24-27; 37:12; 1 Peter 2:9; Deuteronomy 30:6-8; Genesis 45:4,5,7; 39:7-9; Numbers 14:24, Joshua 14:6-12; Ruth 1:5,9-19; Exodus 23:22; 1 Samuel 15:22; Job 36:8-11; Isaiah 1:16-19; Romans 6:17; 1 Peter 1:14,22; Genesis 50:20; 49:22-24; Ruth 2:11,12; 3:10; 4:9-17; 1 Corinthians 2:9,10; 2 Corinthians 2:12; Revelation 3:8,9.


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