Encouragement for difficult times.
Life is not fair. From birth we are not promised a comfortable and easy life. Along the way, we will face adversity. Some of it will be our own doing and some of it will be through no fault of our own. I’m everything, God promises to be with us but Ge doesn’t promise to take away every difficulty. The apostle Paul uses his own life as an example of this.
“Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:8-10 NASB)
How many times do we ask God to take away our problems? How many times has He answered with “no.” Paul asked for a burden to be lifted not once but three times, signifying his earnestness in seeking relief. Yet God still said “no,” not because He’s mean or wants to withhold deliverance from us for some vindictive purpose. God allows difficulty in our lives so that we can grow and mature; exposing our weakness and forcing us to rely on Him and His power. Paul was content to rely on God for strength to live with his difficulty and we must learn to do the same. Whether it’s physical, mental, spiritual, or any other situation or hardship, we must remember to rely on God first and foremost. “Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.”
(Psalms 27:14 NASB)When difficulty times come our way, the question we should ask is: what can I learn from this, not simply: when will this be over? Please be encouraged and remember that in every situation God is with us. In dark times and times of joy, He loves us and wants to see us grow and rely on Him.