Draw from God’s strength to overcome life’s challenges.
By Norman Vincent Peale
One of the great truths in life is that you are bigger than anything that can happen to you—as long as you know it and act accordingly. Every challenge and crisis that comes your way provides the opportunity for you to ask God to release the creative ingenuity, wisdom and strength that lie within you. The Psalmist knew this when he declared, “It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure” (Psalm 18:32).
How do you tap into your inner strength? First, pray to God and place your entire situation in his hands. Say, “God, I commit my challenges to you. Show me the way through them. Give me eyes to see your solutions and strength to act on them.” God wants to help you solve your problems—and who could be a better counselor? “I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27). Next, sit down and lay out your entire problem, perhaps on a piece of paper. Sketch out possible solutions and pray over them, asking God to show you which one is right. When you feel you have an idea of how to proceed, move forward resolutely, praying all the time for the power to succeed. Affirm that you can do anything through the strength that Christ gives you (Philippians 4:13).
If doubts creep in, set them firmly aside with a quick prayer: “God, rid me of these fears and give me your strength.” God will answer that prayer, and, step by step, you will find yourself drawing upon an inner power you perhaps never knew you had. In Jeremiah 33:3, God promises, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
You can face your difficulties by the presence of Christ, for He is stronger than all of them; He is the antidote to discouragement and fear. Draw upon his power. Walk tall. Stand up to your situation!