Yes, we will have struggles in life, but we must also ask ourselves why we are struggling.
I just read this:
I believe that Satan would love nothing more than for you to continue to suffer.
This leads me to believe that we must evaluate our struggles to determine if it’s something we should even be struggling with or not. For instance, I believe that many, many people divorce or are struggling in their marriages simply because Satan is attacking them and they don’t even know it. Sometimes we struggle with people and the people we’re struggling with really aren’t the issue.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” – Ephesians 6:12
Our issue is not with people. We wrestle against spiritual wickedness in high places. This spiritual battle is real.
If Satan can keep us thinking that we are struggling with people, particularly our spouses or our brothers and sisters in Christ, then guess who we are not seeing? Yep, we do not even acknowledge him, though he’s the one keeping up all the chaos and confusion.
“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” – I Corinthians 14:33
We should not be struggling with people. Our struggle is a spiritual one. We have to use wisdom to know what to even struggle with! If we’re not intentional then Satan will wear us out fighting things that we don’t need to be fighting so that we’re unable to fight those things that we do need to be fighting.
What are you struggling with?
I believe we all have distractions come our way. We all have countless issues coming our way each day that makes it’s hard to live intentionally, and see issues for what they really are. We must pray that God will open our spiritual eyes so that we are able to see beneath the natural issues that meet the eye. Issues, situations, and people are often not what they seem, but you will miss it if you only rely on your own natural vision. We can only do so much on our own, but through Christ we can do all things (Philippians 4:13).
I encourage you to really look at the things that you’re struggling with. Ask God to lead you and show you issues for what they really are. Pray that He will guide you into your purpose so that you will gain an understanding of those issues that you were designed to focus on. We all are here to do something (not everything) but something, and as we grow in understanding our purpose we are less likely to be distracted.
“Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.” – II Corinthians 13:11