“If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change comes.” (Job 14:14)
What you would call a stumbling block, God calls a stepping stone. What you think is a setback is paving way for a comeback. Adversities are not always adverse because hardship is just a hard ship. It is taking you somewhere, stay put! Let me give you six reasons why I believe stumbling blocks are stepping stones:
One, NO MAN IS IMMUNE TO PROBLEMS IN LIFE. Problems are universal phenomena. It happens to every man in every place regardless of social class, financial status or race. There is no mortal man alive today who have never had or is not having a problem. Obstacles come in every man’s way.
Moses murdered a man in his anger! Abraham slept with his maid. Daniel was thrown into a lion’s den! Joseph was lied against and imprisoned. David committed adultery and covered it up with murder. Demosthenes, the Greek orator stuttered! Abraham Lincoln was a celebrated loser. Franklin D. Roosevelt was paraplegic. Helen Keller was blind, deaf and dumb! Thomas Edison lost his laboratory in an inferno in his sixties!
Mortal man is prone to adversity. Beneath every star is a scar. Adversity I’ve found out is the breakfast of champions. So, congratulations! Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown. A headache is proof that you have a head. If you’re not standing, you can never fall. If you’re alive and kicking; in pursuit of a dream, you will have obstacles (Ecclesiastes 10:19). No man is immune to problems in life.
Two, IT IS ‘COMMON’ TO MAN. Your setback is not extraordinary, it is ‘common’ to man (1 Cor. 10:13). Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill. Stop making that much ado about nothing. God calls it ‘common’, why make it special! You are not the first. And you’ll probably not be the last. And if others came out of their predicaments, you’re coming out also! Play it down and pray it up. Play down the problem and play up the wisdom and power of God. it is ‘common’ to man!
Three, EVERY HARDSHIP TEACHES A LESSON. That’s what makes stumbling bocks stepping stones. There is a message in every mess, a sense in every nonsense. Problems are opportunities for learning. The truth is you may have failed to achieve your purpose but you’ve at least learnt how not to do what you want to do! Setbacks don’t have to set you back, it should rather teach you something new about where you’re going.
Stay with me, I’ll be back soon with the other three reasons. YOU WILL SUCCEED!