Don’t Like Your Assignment?

In school, were you ever given an assignment that you absolutely did not want to do? I am sure most of us can relate to having to do things we just do not want to do. I thought that after I got out of school, unwanted assignments would go away. I would be able to do what I wanted to do. Boy was I wrong!

Sometimes our assignment seems like a mountain that cannot be moved. You may be facing an illness that doesn’t seem to get any better. You may be facing financial hardships that you can’t see an end to. You may be wavering in your faith in God. Have you ever stopped to think that maybe, just maybe, you’ve been assigned this mountain to show others it can be moved?

Once you have decided to follow Christ, some assume that you will never face hardships again. That is far from the truth. God will use hardships to sharpen our faith and help bring others to know his love and grace. When facing assignments, challenges, it is natural to feel overwhelmed and unsure of how to move forward. For Christians, the Bible offers a wealth of wisdom and guidance to help us know how to make sure we complete our assignments.

Trusting that God will see you through is at the center of importance. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Putting your trust in God will make you confident you have a sure footing to climb your mountain. He will show you the straight path away from your adversity.

Understanding that God already knows the plans he has for your life is very comforting. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11) There has been a divine purpose aimed at our well-being and hope. God will guide our footsteps along each path and we will prosper.

Strength and courage come from knowing that God will help us move our mountain. One of the most well-known verses that give Christians strength is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” This verse is a powerful declaration of faith. This verse teaches that our ability to move the mountains before us comes from the reliance we have on Christ’s strength.

Peace and comfort come from knowing that God will fight your battles and help you move any mountain that is placed before you. Jesus invited us to come to him when we are burdened by life’s hardships to find rest in Him. Matthew 11:28-30 tells us, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

So when you face an assignment to move a mountain in your life, know that you are not alone. God will provide you with trust, understanding, strength and courage, and peace and comfort. All the tools needed to complete your assignment.

This week’s recipe is a fast, easy, and delicious version of your favorite Chinese takeout. It is loaded in protein and for sure is a crowd pleaser. It reheats perfectly, and will be sure to please even the pickiest eater.

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor

height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39)