You know, without the Lord in our lives, we have no chance to overcome difficulties. I mean, we might be okay for a while, but the long haul without Christ is a dead end journey.
I love reading the Psalms, I think partly because of how real and raw David’s cries for help are… not too unlike my own at times. Here’s an example from Psalm 102: David begs God to not hide His face from him in the day of his trouble. David says his days are consumed like smoke, his bones are burned like a hearth, his heart stricken and withered like grass.
Pretty bad stuff. David groans, lies awake at night, feels alone, weeps… but then says, “But You, O Lord, shall endure forever… You Lord shall regard the prayer of the destitute”…
David ends the psalm on a positive note acknowledging that the Lord will endure forever and He hears and answers our prayers. In spite of our circumstances and struggles, God’s on the throne not ignoring us, but loving us, having compassion on us, healing us, guiding and directing our every thought and every action as we allow it.
Whether we have health problems, relationship challenges, financial troubles, or even abusive tendencies, God is still on the throne. He’s in control.
But we have to do our part. We have to seek Him diligently; we have to ask for wisdom; and we have to live according to Scripture.
Yours might be a situation where you’re living a Godly, faithful life when troubles come your way… like Job in the Bible. But more often than not, Life’s Struggles come our way because of bad decisions we have made. The good news is that our heavenly Father can help us not matter the reasons why we’re hurting.
All we have to do is ask, submit and obey. He will do the rest because as He says in John 16:33, “In this world you will have trouble, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”