Joshua 17:18 (NLT)
The forests of the hill country will be yours as well. Clear as much of the land as you wish, and take possession of its farthest corners. And you will drive out the Canaanites from the valleys, too, even though they are strong and have iron chariots.
There is always room for progress. The top of the mountain is filled with very few people who have struggled to make it there. However, the journey to the top of the mountain is littered with people who are still trying, and some who have given up. Seeing life as it could be is almost impossible when in the middle of some difficult moment. But that is why we are encouraged to have faith.
Faith pushes through frustrations. Faith allows us to be at peace when problems persist. When your valley is filled with Canaanites who are strong and have iron chariots at their disposal, believe that whatever God has promised you will be yours. No matter how difficult it is, or how cloudy the skies may seem, remember that God is powerful and He has given each of us a bit of that power to break through barriers and overcome obstacles in our way.
God sends us difficulty and places us on low slopes not to make us angry or frustrate our best intentions. He wants us to recognize His great power in answer to our hearts and minds of faith. When we pray, we believe. When we believe, we trust. When we trust, impossibilities turn into possibilities and obstacles turn into beautiful passages that make way for us to enter our destiny.
We are hardened in the valleys. We get to celebrate on the mountain tops. If you’re facing a river you feel is uncrossable or a mountain you feel is unclimbable, remember that this is not your moment to give up. This is not the time to lose hope. Don’t throw away your faith for an easier way. This is the time for you to persevere and believe in the power and promise of God. He can do the things that we can’t do. He has placed within us the ability to be strong and to have enduring faith in the storm.
“Faith obliterates time, annihilates distance, and brings future things at once into its possession.”
— Charles Spurgeon