Dave puts in a garden every year. All summer, he nurtures these plants. There’s the planting and the watering, the weeding and the fertilizing – and a lot of praying for cooperation from heaven.
I don’t get it. It’s a lot of work and yields are not guaranteed. Farmers must be the most faith-filled people of all.
For months, Dave works to make sure these plants don’t get eaten by bugs, or squirrels or deer! He vigilantly protects them from disease and root rot and overcrowding.
It’s kinda exhausting!
But then, harvest time comes and there are baskets of tomatoes, bushels of cucumbers, buckets of peppers and armfuls of kale and herbs. Way more than we can eat. Bountiful enough to consume now, share with neighbors, and to put up for winter.
What a picture of God’s overflowing goodness.
When we partner with the LORD to grow a garden (or a kid or a ministry or a marriage or a business), we will most certainly come up against resistance. We have to contend against adversity, attack and attrition for good outcomes.
Resistance is (probably) not God’s disapproval.
Sometimes resistance is God’s testing ground to make us stronger, or build our faith, or expand our trust, or teach us wisdom or simply remind us that we need him — so that we produce a harvest of testimonies to use now, share with others and store up for later.
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. – Romans 5:3-4 NLT
Three things help me press through resistance. Maybe they will help you, too.
1 – Assess the situation.
Sometimes we face resistance because God is moving us toward something better than we can imagine and we stubbornly refuse to change, adjust, or yield.
Maybe we get scared, or we don’t believe we’re worthy, or we just plain like things they say they are!
Ask yourself if you’re a stumbling block to what God is trying to do in your life.
2 – Tell yourself the right story.
Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”
We need to be telling ourselves the right story about the resistance in our lives so we don’t take the role of victim or give up or look at God as punitive instead of a good father.
Change the narrative in your head to support the belief that this WILL be a good thing, even if it’s not right now.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28
3 – Enlist a prayer partner.
When pushing back against resistance, you should call in reinforcements.
Prayer partners have two roles.
(1) to pray heaven to earth on your behalf
(2) to encourage you to stay the course.
Knowing you are not alone is valuable to silence the lies in your head that you aren’t going to make it or you deserve this trial.
When we persevere through resistance, we can be assured that it will produce a good harvest, for us, for anyone watching, and to glorify the LORD.
If you’re up against resistance right now, drop a comment below. I read every one and will pray for you as you persevere.
Verse for today: No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. – Hebrews 12:11 NIV
Prayer: Father, not gonna lie, I like it when you make it easy. Thank you for loving me enough to force me to new levels of faith. Gift me wisdom. And patience. And endurance as I follow you to become more like your Son. In Jesus’ Name I pray, amen.