When God Leads You to an Obstacle, What Should You Do?

What we can learn from the Bible about obstacles that God seems to direct us into and how to respond and come out on top!


Transformation isn’t neat and pretty. Nope. It can look messy, and it not without obstacles. It’s like putting a piece of furniture together. At first, it’s neatly in a box, but it can’t be used that way. So you have to take out all the pieces, which makes a mess and begin the process. You have to do it in a specific order, or it won’t work. Finally, when you’re done, the mess will be gone, and you’ll have a product that’s ready to be used for its purpose.

It’s no different with us. We are being transformed into the likeness of Christ.

It’s during these times that our lives and situations look the messiest. We know that God is working behind the scenes and putting all the pieces together, but we have no idea what step He’s on or how much longer it will take. We only see the mess, the unfinished product. Weeks, months, and even years go by, and we wonder if the promise will still come to pass or if we should give up?

The answer is simple. We don’t give up or lose hope. We abide in Jesus and the promise, trusting that He is faithful to fulfill EVERY promise he has made to us. I know it isn’t easy. You may lose relationships, you will be persecuted and mocked, you will look foolish at times to other people, and what God instructs you do will not always make sense in the natural. However, at some point, we have to resolve to follow Him no matter the cost and trust Him with our whole heart.

That’s the reason for the tests and trials; to develop your character so you can produce the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).

Consider It Pure Joy, My Brothers And Sisters, Whenever You Face Trials Of Many Kinds, Because You Know That The Testing Of Your Faith Produces Perseverance. Let Perseverance Finish Its Work So That You May Be Mature And Complete, Not Lacking Anything. – James 1:2-4

Let’s look at the story of the Israelites as an example, when they were fleeing Eqypt after 400 years of slavery.

God promised not only the Israelites freedom from the Egyptians but also a land of their own. They would no longer be subjects to a King but a free people governed by God. However, there would be obstacles between their current situation and the promise. The first one was the Red Sea. To get to the promised land, they first had to cross the Red Sea. Oh, and did I mention that Egypt’s army was pursuing them as well? So turning back was not an option.

Now God could have led them a different way to the same destination. He didn’t have to take them through the Sea. So why did He? To show His glory, build their faith, and protect them.

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He parted the sea, and Israel crossed on dry land. Right after, He closed the waters and allowed the Egyptians to drown so they would no longer be a threat. This route led the Israelites directly into the wilderness. It’s there that they were able to see God’s power one-on-one, and it’s also where God tested them. They were out of Egypt, but Egypt was not out of them. God needed to free them from old habits and ways of thinking before He could entrust them with more.

“I Am The Vine; You Are The Branches. If You Remain In Me And I In You, You Will Bear Much Fruit; Apart From Me You Can Do Nothing.” – John 14:5

We may never know the entire reason God does something a particular way, but we can trust that His plan is perfect. It’s for our good and His glory (Romans 8:28). The Israelites could have given up or attempted to take matters into their own hands and go another way, but they didn’t. They trusted God and witnessed Him make a way where there was no way.

It’s easy to get disillusioned by the situation you’re stuck in, the battle you’re facing, or the trial that won’t seem to end – and begin to doubt God’s provision. I want to assure you that He’s still at work. You’re just in the middle right now, and it’s hard to see the forest from the trees. However, God has a bird’s-eye view. He knows everything that lies ahead of you and is going before you to prepare the way. This isn’t the time to make decisions based on your circumstances or limited wisdom. It’s crucial to be obedient.

Your transformation won’t come without obstacles and opposition because challenge gives birth to growth.

How can you reach new levels of faith in God if you’re not challenged to believe bigger, pray bolder, and walk by faith and not by sight? If you abide in Jesus and don’t give up, you WILL see the victory. Like the Israelite’s, you will see God do what only He can do. Nothing is impossible for Him (Matthew 19:26).

Being Confident Of This, That He Who Began A Good Work In You Will Carry It On To Completion Until The Day Of Christ Jesus. – Philippians 1:6

Question from Tiffanie Butts, the author.

My question again is this: When God leads you to an obstacle, what should you do?

Written by Tiffanie Butts

I'm an ordinary girl saved by grace, falling more in love with Jesus every day, and living to inspire others to do the same. www.tiffaniebutts.com is where I share my story - challenges, lessons, and faith journey - and encourage young men and women to walk confidently in their purpose.

2 thoughts on “When God Leads You to an Obstacle, What Should You Do?

  1. oh… what to do? seek His guidance – i:e pray about it, not only in your secret space, but everywhere/time, always.

  2. Being confident of this
    very thing, that He which
    has begun thAT good work
    in you will perform it until the
    day of Jesus Christ. Philippians

    our operations manager; the One is
    one Third of our active Custodians now
    think that this is a denunciation of our God;
    but a relation to those who see a thing being
    UN-tidy, and making it into It. don’t you think the
    task almost indemnifies us crawling insects by His
    stripes? we all rely on said sanctification almost in the
    defiance of logic? we are, at least David is, responding
    to the call; to be a tiniest sliver of His character copied for
    the representing of the Truth. confidence is easily achieved
    for those willing to look around, seeing Him in all things; even
    the less savory instances; His thoughts are so much higher than
    our own, and in our (humankind) effort at seeking His observance.
    all are conquerors of life, those triviality’s that take up way too much
    of that noodle inside our head’s, excuse me, was lost in thought, what
    was the question?


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