Lifeís Challenges


Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession.  - Exodus 19:5

As you all know, I love history. Here is a lesson we can all learn from. 

Almost everyone has heard of Paul Revereís midnight ride to warn American patriots of advancing British soldiers during the American Revolution. But few have heard of Israel Bissel, a humble post rider on the Boston-New York route.

After the Battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, Bissel was ordered to raise the alarm in New Haven, Connecticut. He reached Worcester, Massachusetts, normally a dayís ride, in just two hours. There, according to tradition, his horse promptly dropped dead.

Pausing only to get another mount, Bissel pressed on and by April 22, he was in New Havenóbut he didnít stop there! He rode on to New York, arriving April 24, and then stayed in the saddle until he reached Philadelphia the next day. Bisselís 126-hour, 345-mile ride signalled American militia units throughout the Northeast to mobilize for war.

In the Christian life, God often calls us to challenging tasks that, while difficult, ultimately bring about good. Perhaps He challenges us to step out in faith and help mend a broken relationship. Or, maybe He calls us to step out in faith and share the message of salvation with another person. While tasks like these arenít always easy, theyíll always be blessed.

So be willing to do the hard things for God so that in due time, youíll receive abundant blessings!

Prayer Challenge

Pray that God would give you a heart thatís willing to do great things for Him even when they seem challenging.

Questions for Thought

Are you typically eager to accept challenges in life or are you more prone to do whatís safe?

How can you change your perspective to be more eager to do the hard things for God, knowing that the reward will be great?