Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 18, 2020

Our Obstacles – His Victory

“There was a man named Job who lived in the land of Uz. He was blameless, a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil.” Job 1:1 (NLT)

Moran Samuel began her athletic career on the basketball court while enlisted in the Israeli Air Force. After her military service, she was recruited to play on Israel’s national team earning the unique accolade of being the only woman on Tel Aviv’s all-men basketball roster. In 2013, she was voted as one of the best players in all of Europe.

In 2010, Moran added “rower” to her sports credentials; and in 2012, she won her event at the games hosted in Italy. Moran has gone on to win competition after competition year after year, which secured her place to compete in the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

However, it was Moran’s gold medal win in 2012 that made her country proud. The “Hatikvah” is Israel’s national anthem, which the event organizers realized they did not have a recording of when Moran’s came forward to accept her award. Moran asked for the microphone and acapella she sang Israel’s anthem. Afterwards, while being interviewed, she said, “If you look at an obstacle as an obstacle, there’s a good chance it will knock you down. If you look at an obstacle as a challenge, then you’ll do the maximum to overcome it. There can be small challenges, like the anthem and my taking the mic and singing and there can be bigger challenges.” If anyone knows about overcoming challenges it would be Moran because in 2006 she was paralyzed due to a spinal stroke at the age of 26.

During our lifetimes we will endure challenges, but it’s our viewpoint that makes all the difference. There’s no debate, Job in one day’s time went from top of the mountain to the rut of the valley.  Instead of Job and his friends asking “why” with the mindset of Job being punished what if they asked “what” knowing Job was blameless. The Bible is clear, Satan accused Job and in doing so God had complete confidence in Job to allow the devil to test him.

When God allows us to be tested if we tackle the suffering with humility, composure and faith knowing that God is in control with our best interests at heart then the physicalness of the pain and distress will not leave us feeling helpless, hopeless and abandoned. We can put one foot in front of the other with each step declaring, “I trust and believe You, Lord.”

“Father, we are humbled knowing You would trust us, like You did Job, when we’re tested having all certainty we’ll glorify Your name knowing You work all things for our good because You love us.”

For His Glory

Kim Lacey Schock (
TRBC Women’s Life

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