Updated: Feb 17, 2020
There is no life without struggle. Jesus lived a perfect life and yet he faced constant struggle daily and was even crucified without just cause. We have to stop expecting life to be rainbows and butterflies and start accepting strength from God instead. In the midst of struggle, we must look up and grab hold of the one person that can bring out our super powers, but how exactly do we do that?
This Week's Scripture Focus: Isaiah 40:29-31
"He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."
Everyone gets tired. Even the people we see that seem to have it all. In a world of social media highlight reels, we have to remind ourselves that no one has a perfect life without strife. Often times in the midst of suffering we feel like we are the only one who has problems, but the truth is that no one is immune to the struggle, pain and sadness of this life. It's true we all have different issues that we are dealing with, but not one single person can escape struggle. So it's important to avoid having a pity party and instead reach out to the one person that can give us the strength to make it through. Our heavenly Father promises an everlasting hope and strength that will never fade or weaken. How incredibly blessed are we to have a Father that is willing to reach down and carry us if we need Him.
We can have renewed strength if we continually hope in the Lord. It's not about being thankful when things are easy and then grumbling when they get tough. No, it's about always finding hope in Christ even in the midst of pain and suffering. Taking time to stop, breathe and look up to the Father, who loves you enough to give his only Son to save you, and ask for strength. It's about finding the character that he is building in you and seeking out joy in the midst of sorrow. It's easy to have good character and find joy when things are going right, but the truth is that character isn't inherited or natural, it's something that we have to wake up everyday and fight for and build. The only way to do that is to push through the tough times with joy in our heart. Yes, I know that is easier said than done, but God recognizes our effort or our lack there of.
It's tough not to grumble and complain when things are hard. I can remember when I was fighting the justice system for my aunt who was murdered and it felt like every time I turned around things were falling apart. I felt beaten down, and it seemed like I had lost every battle over the 30 years that it took to get through all the trials and appeals. I felt like I had let her down in some way, even though I was giving it my all. I cried out to God on so many occasions to give me the strength to keep fighting and some how He pulled me through it. I woke up everyday feeling like I wasn't gonna be able to get through the day and somehow every day I did. Yeah, there were days I complained, but I tried really hard to fall at God's feet as much as possible for joy and love, and most days I succeeded in living a joyful life, and on the days that I wasn't able to, God's grace and mercy covered me anyway. You see, it's not about perfection, it's about what's in your heart and the effort we put forward to try our best to hope in Christ. If we can manage the effort, God can manage the rest and he will. Not only that, but He will also build in us things that we never thought we could have. He will make us stronger than we think, smarter than we think, more influential than we think, and eventually we will be victorious over whatever battle we are fighting and whatever struggles we are facing. So, remember to look up and let God activate your super power today and "soar on wings like eagles!"
1. What struggles are you're facing right now in your life?
2. Are you complaining about them or are you talking to God in hope about them?
3. Practice listening to silence for 10 min. each day. This is a great way to hear God's voice in your heart and spirit.
4. Write down your frustrations on a piece of paper and then give each one of them to God in prayer and ask him to give your strength and peace over them.
Until next time, keep striving to be the woman of God that he created you to be.