We all have those times when it feels that everything is a fight. Nothing is easy. Things that were once easy are now challenging us.
What do you do?
Get back to basics.
So often, we over-complicate things, over-thinking when the answer is right in front of us. Often times it’s us, other times we face difficulties though we haven’t done anything wrong. There are times in life when nothing is easy with no explanation.
Really, there is, we just have to take a step back to see it.
God has a purpose for everything in our lives. Everything.
I’m reminded of the man born blind. The disciples of Jesus asked him “Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? (John 9:2). Jesus answered:
“Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” – John 9:3
WOW. Can you imagine the life of this man? His family? Living uprightly only to be hit with blindness? And only to find out once Jesus got on the scene that blindness chose them so that God’s power might be put on display?
That’s deep. A reminder that our life is not our own.
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” – Galatians 2:20
Our lives are not our own. We have been bought with a price (I Corinthians 6:19-20).
We can’t get so accustomed to the easy times, that we can’t handle the tough times. We must know that if we are to be chosen vessels to display God’s power we must be willing to accept the good and the bad (Job 2:10).
We must take a moment to think: Am I facing this situation in a way that God might be glorified in the midst of my difficulty? Maybe God will use my situation to show an unbelieving world that God and His power are still very much real and in full effect.
Our tough times are bigger than us.
If everything was always easy for us how effective would we be to a hurting world? They would look at us and think Oh please, you do not understand- You haven’t seen the trouble I’ve seen.
But what about when we are able to glorify God though we are facing the same struggles as others. As Christians, we aren’t exempt from troubles, but we aren’t left to face our problems alone.
A sister reminded me this morning:
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” – Matthew 11:29
Jesus gives us rest, Jesus walks with us, Jesus desires to be glorified through our difficult times.
So, what do you do when nothing is easy? Take a step back to consider what God is trying to teach you.
Remember that God will never put more on us than we can bear (I Corinthians 10:13). Remember that God works all things for our good (Romans 8:28). There is nothing, nothing, nothing that is happening in our lives that God isn’t aware of. And if we really realize how much He loves us, we know without a doubt that He will use it for our good. His goal is never to hurt us, but to help us, to humble us, to grow us up in Christ in every way (Ephesians 4:15).
There is a purpose for our difficult times. When I cry out to Him, He reminds me: He works all things for our good (Romans 8:28), we are more than conquerors through Him (Romans 8:37), greater is he that is in us, than he that is in the world (I John 4:4).
Gets me every time.
“But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” – Job 23:10