For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me (2 Cor 12:8-9)~
Ever been in the middle of something tough, prayed for rescue and heard… nothing? Ever questioned God in frustration “Why won’t you answer?”
Could it be that God doesn’t answer because, sometimes, He wants us to stay right where we are and learn, there, how to fight? Could it be that sometimes God allows trouble and pain to train us, to build our strength and maturity, to make us more reliable conduits of His love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control? WE consider pain and troubles as unnecessary, to be avoided, hindrances to our ease and happiness. Might it make more sense to consider pain and trouble as opposition; as a mountaineer views the altitude; as a firefighter views a blazing building?
We aren’t meant to be men who avoid tribulation; numb it or deny it. We aren’t meant to run from battles, hiding and letting others fight them. We’re built for this ‘opposition’. Truthfully, we’d probably wither without it. We must see it through for what it is: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph 6:12). Our struggle is against getting lured into selfishness, indifference, impatience, rage, resignation or sin in the face of problems in our lives, our relationships, in our families or at work. These are epic struggles – battles worthy of any man.
God isn’t going to always take our challenges away because He’s built us to go through them, overcome them and conquer them. His grace is enough to see us in and through all of this! My brother, my sister, hang in there – Trust in the Grace and go on through it!