We all endure obstacles of different scales and as we strive to cope well with them, we contemplate why we have to endure those circumstances. It’s often hard to understand why we have to go through different trials and tests and I struggle with that too. I hate not knowing why things happen and what they are caused by, but do I actually have to know? I don’t think so. Of course I would love to know, but that ruins the fun of it. You see, God will never allow us to suffer through something that we can’t handle without offering himself to our aid. He is always there for us if we simply let Him in. However, sometimes we need to suffer in order to learn and grow, to become closer with the God who made all things and to humble ourselves before Him.
Although we hate to admit it so, we occasionally have a tendency to elevate ourselves to levels of supremacy that are entirely inaccurate. It’s a selfish behavior that we sometimes subconsciously adopt. Exactly why we do that, I am unaware. However, I do recognize the influence that peers have on you and how dramatically they can alter the way we live and interact with others. If those that we associate ourselves with have that much of an impact, wouldn’t you assume that the music you listen to, the shows you watch, and the books you read would have just as great an impact on you? That may be common knowledge for you, but am I wrong? If all of those things have an impact on the way we live, let’s take advantage of it. Let’s use the knowledge we have regarding ourselves and turn it around to benefit us.
When you’re down in the dumps what do you do? Do you turn on Netflix and watch as many dramas as you can, hoping that the struggles of the characters outweigh yours so that you feel better? Do you reread the Harry Potter series and immerse yourself so deeply in the books that you forget about your own problems? Do you go on a hike and surround yourself with nature? Maybe you don’t do anything. Maybe you just sit in your sorrows and soak up your own feelings. Ask yourself these questions:
- What do I do when I’m struggling?
- Who/what do I turn to?
- Does it help?
What was your answer to the last question? If whatever you do either doesn’t help or is just temporary, I want to introduce you to something that does help and is permanent. That something is God. Maybe that seems too simple but I’m being honest with you. Turning to God in all of your trials and troubles ultimately leads to a relationship with Him that is more than satisfying. A relationship with Him means no more searching for a solution to your problems because He outright gave it to you when He sent is Son down to pay for our sins. He was, is, and will forever be the same. He is always there for you.
As you sit in your favorite coffee shop, contemplating why the things you endure happen to you and not someone that you think is more deserving, understand this: God sent His son to die for your sins, as well as the sins of others. He loves you more than you deserve and desires to have a relationship with you more than you’ll ever understand. He challenges you to build you, molding you into the person He so lovingly designed you to be. Without challenge, there is no growth. Without pursuit, there is no love. Without willingness, there is no movement. Be willing to move so that He can move you. Be open to challenge so that He can help you grow. Pursue Him with desire so that you can experience His inconceivable love. Make the effort to know Him on a deeper level, to draw yourself near to His loving arms, and His many efforts will become clearer to you. He never stops loving you and helping you through what you’re going through – you stop seeing it.
Let Him in, experience His love, understand His purpose, and above all trust Him. He will never fail you. When times get tough and you try to persevere through challenging circumstances, let Him persevere with you. I’m not saying that trusting Him and seeking Him amid the hardships is going to make it a smooth ride, but He makes your crooked paths straight and if you allow Him to He’ll do just that. He is always willing, you just have to be willing also.
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”-Romans 8:18 NKJV
“I will bring the blind by a way they did not know;
I will lead them in paths they have not known.
I will make darkness light before them,
And crooked places straight.
These things I will do for them,
And not forsake them.”-Isaiah 42:16 NKJV
” Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”-Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV
“ For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”-Mathew 6:21 NKJV
“In my distress I called upon the Lord,
And cried out to my God;
He heard my voice from His temple,
And my cry entered His ears.”-2 Samuel 22:7 NKJV
“I have called upon You, for You will hear me, O God;
Incline Your ear to me, and hear my speech.”-Psalm 17:6 NKJV
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