Do you struggle with anything in your life? What a silly question, right?! Most, if not all of us struggle with something. Or many things. Your struggle(s) may be different from mine and mine are not necessarily the same as the next person’s but the battles exist nevertheless.
Diet. Exercise. Finances. Marital issues. Sibling discord. Illness. Wayward children. Fear. Guilt. Loss. Addiction. And many, many others….some quite deep, extremely painful and unbearably real to millions of souls.
As I ponder over my own struggles, I am reminded of Paul’s second letter to Timothy, which is believed to be the great apostle’s last penned notes to his pastor friend and mentee. Among several other straightforward exhortations to Timothy, Paul declares in Chapter 3, verse 12 that as Christians, we will suffer persecution (italics mine). The NIV version reads, “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”
Obviously persecution as most of us know it today doesn’t include being stoned or beheaded or some other violent act. Praise God that we can proclaim our beliefs openly and freely without the fear of losing our lives. Although unfortunately, some of that does still exist, our persecution is typically of a different sort. It can often be found in our weak spots. You know – that thing that has haunted us for years. The habit that we just can’t shake. Or maybe, it is something that comes out of the blue. A new struggle. When all is going well with the world……
What struggle are you facing today? Whatever it is, I pray that you will allow God to meet you where you are – right there in your pain – and not only get you through it – but use you to come alongside others in their own struggles.