Some of us have been crying out to the Lord seeking answers as to why certain things happened in our lives. Our understanding becomes limited as to why the Lord would allow us to feel such emotional pain. We may even question, what did I do to deserve this?
As believers, we are not immune to hardships, struggles or loss. It is through the struggles we find out how much we need the Lord. He is our strength when no strength of our own can be found. (Some hardships come unexpectedly, knock the wind out of us and drop us to our knees in pain.) If we lean on our own understanding then our understanding is limited and only goes as far as our thoughts take us. (Some of us allow our thoughts to take us straight into an emotional prison where we feel stuck and placed there wrongly. We struggle to break free but our thoughts keep us placed there.)
The breakthrough is coming but you will miss seeing it if you continue on the path your hardship has you feeding on. To continue feeding on anger, pain and confusion only cause your suffering to last that much longer.
Sometimes we become our own stumbling block. We allow ourselves to get caught up in what we feel. Feelings fade over time. What you feel right now is temporary. Yet, how you respond to what you are feeling can have a long-term impact on the people who are watching how you respond to the struggle they see you in.
Mathew 5:45 reminds us that it rains on the just and the unjust. Struggles can happen at any moment, but don’t make the mistake of thinking you deserved each one you encounter. It is the devil who wants you to believe that lie. He wants you to doubt everything about yourself in hopes that he can also convince you to doubt God’s word.
Hebrews 13:5 reminds us to be content and also reminds us that He will never leave us or forsake us. This was a beautiful reminder that He will never give up on us, can you say the same of Him? I ask because when faced with a hardship people want to throw the towel in and give up. If you go down further in scripture, Hebrews 13:14 reminds us this world is not our permanent home. With that being said, quit expecting to be comfortable here. We all need to get comfortable being uncomfortable. Our lives are not our own, we are here for His purpose.
Romans 8:28 reminds us that all things work together for good. This includes each hardship, struggle or loss we go through. This is where our faith is truly tested. Either we have it or we don’t… Remind yourself, if the Lord allowed you to be brought to it, He will see you through it.