Have you noticed how often a blessing is followed by a challenge, and that often our best blessings come after a time of struggle and challenge? It seems that the two are joined at the hip, and in a sense they are. Blessings and privileges are often signs of growth. A child moves from a tricycle to a bicycle, greater mobility but also greater responsibility to ride safely. Along comes the driver’s license and once again greater blessing with greater responsibility.
In a way challenges should encourage us, they mean we are growing. As we learn from them and grow even more we have greater blessings, which also bring challenges. A teenager may complain about having to help put gas in the car or pay for insurance, but just suggest they go back to riding a bike and see their response. As Christians, God has blessed us with so much through our relationship with Jesus. There has been a lot of sharing in our body lately. There is a great spirit of things happening and our revival was a real blessing. Now comes the challenge. We have folks who really need to be lifted up in prayer; we have needs in the church for things to be done. We can either meet those challenges and receive greater blessing, or we can shrink back and not continue to receive all the good God has for us.