So far, all of us have said the word "difficulty" at one point or another during our stay here in Japan. How is the best way to get past this difficulty? How long do we struggle with difficulty before we become discouraged? We do not need to fear these difficult questions, but instead rejoice and embrace them. We should praise God that these difficulties are happening now. Praise Him for getting into the hearts of our readers and allowing these questions to be asked. We should praise Him that even though we tell them what they don`t want to hear, they keep returning to hear even more.
The greatest difficulty spiritually is to concentrate on God and His blessings are what makes it so difficult. Our difficulties, our trials, and our worries about tomorrow all vanish when we look to God. Wake yourself up and look to God. For awhile, we are fully awake and aware of God`s concern for us. But then, when God begins to use us in His work, we begin to take on a pitiful look and talk only of our own trials and difficulties. And all the while God is trying to make us do our work as hidden people who are not in the spotlight. None of us would be hidden spiritually if we could help it. Can we do our work when it seems that God has sealed up heaven? Some of us always want to be brightly illuminated saints with golden halos and with the continual glow of inspiration, and to have other saints of God dealing with it all the time. A self-assured saint is of no value to God. He is abnormal, unfit for daily life, and completely unlike God. We are here, not as immature angels, but as men and women to do the work of this world. And we are to do it with an infinately greater power to withstand the struggle because we have been born from above.
Difficulty is a part of life. God has made us strong so we can embrace and handle this difficulty. We should not, then, worry about our own difficulties and insecurities. We should not falter and become totally lost. We should embrace the difficulties and learn from them. We should be full of courage and embrace our difficulties, just like a child who strives to reach the standard his father has set for him.
The faith of many people begins to falter when apprehensions enter their thinking and they forget the meaning of God`s assurance- they forget to take a deep spiritual breath. The only way to remove the fear from our lives, is to listen to God`s assurance to us. Human fraility is another thing that gets between God`s words of assurance and our own words and thoughts. When we realize how feeble we are in facing difficulties, the difficulties become like giants, we become like grasshoppers, and God seems to be nonexistent. But remember God`s assurance to us. "I will never leave you of forsake you". Have we learned to sing after hearing God`s keynote? Are we continually filled with enough courage to say "the Lord is our helper" or are we yielding to fear?