Difficulty in life is inevitable. Jesus warns us in scripture saying, “In this world you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)” I have yet to meet the person who loves opposition. Most of us usually cringe at the first sight of it. Afterwards, we start planning our exit and packing our bags. We just don’t like difficulty! Still, disliking opposition will not stop it from surfacing every once in a while. And when it does surface, we had better have a response to it that’s better than running in the opposite direction. Ask any person that has experienced their share of running from opposition and they will tell you—you cannot run forever.
At some point we each have to walk all the way through ‘the valley’ (Psalm 23:4), instead of going half way and then turning around because of trouble. News flash, there is no other way to get to the “table” referenced in Psalm 23:5. We must keep going forward—despite opposition. The Bible says, “wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 17: 13 -14) In layman’s terms, the easiest route is not always the best one, and sometimes, it leads from bad to bad, if not bad to worst.
Ultimately, none of us wants to spend the rest of our lives running from anything and God does not want that for us either. In this world we will have trouble, but Christ has overcome the world and all its troubles, both yours and mines. In the midst of opposition, let us remember that we are the King’s kids. We are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and are preserved. (Hebrews 10:39)
If you are experiencing opposition in your life today, fear not and don’t run. Trust God, obey him, and equally important—keep going forward.