Several people in the Bible faced obstacles—seemingly impossible situations and we see that nothing or no obstacle is impossible or too great for God to handle. David faced Goliath with only a slingshot and did the impossible because he had faith and trust in God. “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” (1 Samuel 17:37). He believed that God would protect him, give him victory. Jesus was able to feed 5000 people, heal the sick and preach the gospel despite the plots to kill Him and the daily persecution he faced.
The parting of the Red Sea to escape the Egyptian army, manna from Heaven, water from the rock in the desert, Gideon’s army of 300 men against an impossibly large Midianite army, Joseph who was left to die in the pit, Daniel in the lion’s den (Daniel 6:21), Peter in prison (Acts 12:11), Paul who was arrested, beaten, faced trials but continued to spread the gospel without hindrance (Acts 28:30). All these people trusted in God and they did things that brought glory to God.
When David faced Goliath, he acknowledged that it was God’s battle that he was there in God’s name. The whole world would know that he was there in God’s name. The whole world would know that there was a God in Israel through that victory over Goliath. David was giving God the credit for what the outcome would be (1 Samuel 17:45-47). Jesus gave thanks before he distributed the bread and fish to the 5000 people. God hardened Pharaoh’s heart so that he and his army would pursue the Israelites. God told Moses what to do and why. (Exodus 14:15-18) Moses trusted God and he urged the others to do the same. He realised that God would not bring them that far just to have them killed or recaptured. God wanted both the Israelites and the Egyptians to see His power. He wanted to gain His glory through this amazing act (The parting of the Red Sea).
When the people saw the great power of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, they feared the Lord and put their trust in him and Moses His servant. (Exodus 14:31) God was with Joseph and he prospered in Egypt. Joseph’s story is a perfect example of “all things work together for good to those who love God”. (Romans 8:28) His brothers meant him harm out of jealousy but God had a plan for him, which ultimately led Jacob to go to Egypt where He made him a great nation. It was time for Jacob and his descendants to leave Canaan and go to a new land.
Daniel trusted in God and believed that no harm would come to him when he was in the lion’s den. When he was lifted out, no wound was found on him. He testified to God’s glory and as a result the king wrote a decree that everyone in his kingdom must fear and revere God. (Daniel 6:25-27) Paul realised that in spite of all the obstacles all the hardships, pain, suffering, and persecution he had to endure that, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13). He trusted God and glorified him by continuing to teach the gospel despite these adversities.
I once got an e-mail with a sentence that will encourage anyone facing adversity. It simply says, “If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.”