The Beauty of Challenges

The market place is a lovely harvest field for anyone who is looking to harvest challenges.

And that is precisely why many fail to pursue their calling in the market place and also why many fail while pursuing the market place.

Yet there is gold in challenges! A king who was initially a shepherd is quoted as writing a song which starts with the following phrase:

O God of my righteousness (uprightness, justice, and right standing with You)! You have freed me when I was hemmed in and enlarged me when I was in distress;*1

Everyday in the corporate world, there is something that creates distress, but thankfully, God, if allowed, is ready to enlarge us in that situation.

Think about it. If the circumstances surrounding you and causing distress are the ones expanding then chances are that you will drown in them and be no more. If you are the one expanding and the circumstances are remaining the same, it is like filling a balloon with water. Eventually, the elastic walls will crack and burst! What comes forth is the expanded you.

As the song ends, the King says:

Many say, Oh, that we might see some good! Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, O Lord.

You have put more joy and rejoicing in my heart than [they know] when their wheat and new wine have yielded abundantly. In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You, Lord, alone make me dwell in safety and confident trust.*2

Basically, there are two types of people in the marketplace

Type 1: MTG – Me Then God

In this category are those who count on God after they have been overwhelmed by the challenges. They decide to use their strength and conventional wisdom to deal with the situations that are causing distress. They know that God is all powerful and all knowing, but they trust themselves more than they want to entrust God.

It’s like they get to a point where they are telling God, “It’s okay God. I got this one covered.” until the thing they are dealing with comes way over their head and then they begin to say, “please help; if only I had known, please smile this way a little bit.”

And God is faithful. He does help and the situation is resolved and the distress is over

Type 2: GTM – God then me

The GTMs recognize the distress source the moment it appears and at that moment they call on God. They go into their private chambers – sometimes mentally and sometimes physically, and they arm themselves for warring the situation on their knees. They armour*3 themselves up while they are engaging KBCR:

  1. belt of truth
  2. breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God,
  3. preparation with firm-footed stability, promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news of peace.
  4. shield of faith
  5. helmet of salvation
  6. sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God.
  7. keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance

With the above preparation, the GTMs then face the distressing environment with the foreknowledge that they are relying on God’s strength and war plan.

At the end of it all, GTMs are known to share the sentiments of the King – “You have put more joy and rejoicing in my heart…. In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You, Lord, alone make me dwell in safety and confident trust”.

Both MTGs and GTMs go through the distress causing circumstances. But who has an easier time within those circumstances?

*1 Psalms 4:1

*2 Psalms 4:6-8

*3 – Ephesians 6:14 – 18

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