A Time of Struggle

There are, or at least will be, times of struggle in life when those of us who know the Lord will ask the question – why, Lord; why is this interruption in my life, what have I done wrong?  Is there something you are trying to say to me that is important?  Right off the bat we will fuss at ourselves because we know that whatever the Lord says is important and yet even though we try our best to live good lives and do all the proper things the Lord will always find something that we need to change or improve.  You might even look at it as a time of growth when you felt like you had already graduated from that school.  So, the next question is – just what will you do to please your Creator; will you make the time that is necessary to accomplish His next level for your life or are you liking where you are too well?  That’s a question I am now confronting – why, Lord, I thought I was doing what you wanted me to do?

Fortunately many people will be a little smarter than me and will understand perfectly well just what is going on in their lives and why.  But many of us will have to return to our knees and search our spirits to make the right choice for tomorrow.  Matthew tells us Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things.  Sufficient for the day is its own trouble (6:34).  And the much loved Peter reminds us that Paul had already told the people of his day that some things are hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction…but (you should) grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2:3:16 &18).  You will have to admit that sounds like sound knowledge, maybe we should see what we can do about that.

Most of us in today’s world endure different kinds of struggle, but they are a struggle just the same and we also will have to search our spirits to ascertain just what the Lord is saying to us.  And, believe me, that is not always easy.  We will struggle to reach certain levels not realizing that it will always be an ongoing progression, the top of which we will never reach this side of heaven.  But you have to know that our Creator will not ever say “enough”.

Can we look at these times as a challenge or will we run saying we are exactly where we want to be and don’t want to be disturbed?  There will never be a time to quit learning, there is always something new on the horizon.  It should be a challenge accepted, not a time when we think we have already reached the pinnacle of our lives.  Yes, we might question our qualifications, but we must remember that the One who loves us will always gift us with what is necessary particularly if we are trying to walk in His footsteps.  Many of us can and will acknowledge that even while thinking to ourselves that we simply don’t have what it takes and frequently we will not rise to the challenge, but lay the problem aside for another day.  Why is it we have the habit of thinking tomorrow will be any different than today? 

Paul, who learned many things the hard way, was able to rise above and beyond his own expectations and he left us with many words of wisdom.  He knew the expression – Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die, but he also learned to not be deceived: Evil company corrupts good habits (1st Corinthians 15:32-33).  We shouldn’t put off until tomorrow, tempted by what we think the group does because it is exciting.  We should seek to solidify the goodness God put within each of us and strive to accomplish what we are here to do before we meet our Lord and Maker.

O Master, let me walk with Thee in lowly paths of service free; tell me Thy secret; help me bear the strain of toil, the fret of care.  In hope that sends a shining ray far down the future’s broadening way; In peace that only Thou canst give, with Thee, O Master, let me live.