Struggles of doubt and trust. Wrestlings with dashed dreams (or at least the perceptions of the moment). Knock down drag out wars with self doubts. Perplexities. Disappointments. Struggling to understand. These and everything in between.
Every one of us struggle! And often “the storm” seems much more like a destructive hurricane than a passing thunderstorm.
Some believe that struggles are sent by God. Other’s believe it’s the opposition of the devil. Still others would combine the causes. Some God sent. Some Devil produced.
I really don’t spend a lot of time trying to analyze and categorize the reasons. To me, that takes me to a process of “reasonings” that isn’t all that helpful.
The scriptures give us this counsel:
- “Fight the good fight of faith” (I Timothy 6:12)
- “Strive to enter rest” (Hebrews 4:11)
The fight of faith is a good fight. Rest can be entered by you & I.
Strugglings, wrestlings, strivings, and everything that comes with it is not a sign of immaturity or shame in God’s eyes. In fact, each new, fresh dream pursued very often brings a boat load of contradictions to that dream or desire.
Actually, it seems that almost everyone I know, including myself, is “pressing” the good press. I, personally, am not saying, “Oh, yea…more! Pour it on!” If you’re a masochist, then go for it. (Although, I think you may need to be committed.) But, I don’t like personal pain or discomfort. Never have. But….
I also know what it is to be contented and happy. And, although the sweat of struggle isn’t joyful for the moment, I’ve tasted the “Praise God” outcome over and over and over. I wouldn’t trade my personal history with the Lord for anything! I win…even when (at the time) it may seem like I’m loosing or have lost.
Typically, when I actually have lost…I’ve found a much better path I probably wouldn’t have discovered otherwise.
Struggle on, brothuh! Stuggle on, sistuh! Choose trust in Him. In reality, struggle is not your enemy!