Obstacles and stumbling blocks have much in common; both present dangers, risks, and hindrances, yet each are unique. Obstacles are those things in life that seeks to prevent us from becoming what God intends. Stumbling blocks are those things that intend to trip us up and hinder our progress.
Obstacles and stumbling blocks come in numerous fashion and ways. Fear is one of the greatest obstacles that the follower of Christ will ever face. Fear, when allowed to run unchecked, always wreaks havoc upon our fellowship with the Lord. Fear screams, “You will fail, it is impossible, it won’t work, you will make a fool of yourself”, and on and on. Faith pleases God.
The moment that you and I embraced Jesus Christ as our Savior, the journey of faith began. If you are like me, I like to see the evidence before I embrace it, but our journey with the Lord requires faith. The Hebrew writer tells us: “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is” (Heb. 11:6, NKJV).
One could correctly say that disobedience is one of the biggest “stumbling blocks” in the life of the believer. Oh, it isn’t that you and I wake up one morning and decide to just be rebellious, rather, disobedience often takes us unawares. The point of this article is to encourage us to reflect upon our walk with the Lord, noting those obstacles and stumbling blocks which seek to hinder our fellowship and spiritual well-being.
In the words of the great missionary William Carey: “Expect great things from God, Attempt great things for God.” May we be encouraged to expect great things from God, and attempt great things for God.