It seems this week, that many people that I know and care about are struggling. They are facing any number of battles from stress, to relationships to just an overwhelming doubt of their own self worth and value.
The fact that anyone is struggling hurts and makes me wonder why. It always leads to that question about why do we hurt, why do we struggle with things like depression or anger. Why is it that as a believer, I struggle.
Believing is not enough. I am sorry to say but simply believing does not help us. We have been trained to say tell ourselves that we will get through this and that we will be stronger on the other side. We are told that God does not put an obstacle in front of us that we cannot conquer. And we truly want to believe this and we want to will our way into belief. But believing is not enough, we must put our trust in Christ.
We must not only believe the things we tell ourselves about nature, but we must also trust that through faith we will come out on the other side. We must believe that the sacrifices that we feel we are making, are worth it and are what the Lord desires of us in this moment.
There is growth in the struggles and the pain. The struggle is there to increase our dependence and trust in Christ. It is not something that is easy to accept or go through. Depression still sucks (I battle it more than I want to admit), but I am slowly starting to see that my depression is nothing more than my letting selfishness take hold of me. This is in my case, and I do not presume to know what everyone else is going through.
But often my struggles come because I want to fight Christ or fight with someone else so that they will do things my way or give me what I want. My emotional struggles seem to stem from this desire of mine to control my situation and not put Christ in control or larger not trust Christ with the small details of my life.
I cannot speak to what anyone out there is dealing with, but I can encourage you to trust in the promises of the Lord…daily!