In moments of struggle, when things seem far too heavy to carry, what do you do? Seriously, what do you do to overcome the struggles you are facing, or do you do anything? Do you stand up and fight against the problem, get angry with God, lie down in self-pity, or do you get on your knees and pray?
Life is full of struggles that shake us to our cores, and some of them are too much for us to handle. You may say: “But Mea, doesn’t the old phrase go something like, God never gives us more than we can handle?” To which I say, yes, that is true. But what people don’t understand about that is that he never meant for us to carry our troubles alone.
How often do we come face to face with circumstances that we ourselves cannot claw our way out of, and we become depressed, angry, bitter, and sorrowful? It happens a lot, and it doesn’t have to be that way. Life is never going to be easy, and to say that it will be would be a lie. But, when we bring our circumstances to the Lord; lay them at his feet; ask for his help and guidance; and, leave our problems there, our burdens are much lighter.
God knows what we need, he knows the path we need to take and how to get there, but we have to let him lead us. God gave us all free will, and that doesn’t just pertain to rather or not we choose to sin; it also pertains to rather we let him guide us through the good times in our life and the bad times. His guidance is there if we prayerfully seek it, have faith in it, and choose to accept it.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” 1 Peter 6-7 NIV
If we fight our battles alone, without the wisdom and strength of the Lord, not only do we fight blindly and to no avail, but we grow weary and lose hope. He is our rock when we have nothing to stand on, he is our hope when all hope is lost, and he is our Father who loves us very much.
My brothers and sisters, I beg of you to seek God always; through the good times and the bad. Don’t forget his love for you. Don’t forget his forgiveness, even if we have been angry with him. Don’t forget…him…he is always there waiting for us, with open arms.
“The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.” Nahum 1:7 NIV