I've been thinking about the whys and attempting to be wise about the whys.
Why did this struggle have to happen?
Why has it been going on for this long?
Why haven't our circumstances changed?
Why are we still at this point?
Why don't we have a time limit on our struggles?
Why can't our circumstances improve so that we can help others who are struggling?
Why Lord? Why?
Struggles are an integral part of life. I know this and you know this.
We know that in time (hours, days, months or years) we will be through our difficulty. Hopefully we will be stronger, more compassionate and wiser.
Our current struggle has been long and continuous. I never expected for us to be in our fifties and having to deal with financial setbacks and struggles.
We are not alone. If my husband and I had never experienced these years of financial struggle we would not be able to relate to others in their 40's and 50's who are in the same situation. Sadly, job loss, layoffs and cutbacks are a way of life for so many today.
Lean in and lean on. We have learned through-out these years to lean into God’s Word, the Bible, and to lean on God. We keep praying and keep trusting that He is working through our situation. There is wisdom in the whys when you continue to put your complete trust in God. It is humbling to take such an ultimate step in faith.
Difficulties and struggles can come in many forms. Financial struggles, health issues, relationship problems, emotional struggles, habit and addiction issues, or faith issues. These are just some of the struggles which people face today and have dealt with in history.
In the Bible many issues and struggles are described. Do you think that they also asked why?
Faith issues: The Israelites took 40 years to make an 11 day journey. Forty years! They only entered the Promised Land once the unfaithful and disbelieving had died.
Relationship problems and abandonment: Joseph was traded by his brothers and abandoned because of their jealousy. Years later, Joseph and his brothers learn that what they did was God's plan to save them.
Struggles with hate and racism: Were it not for a queen, God's people would have been wiped out if Haman had his way. Queen Esther, God's chosen one, was able to lobby the king on her people's behalf and the Jews were able to defend themselves against Haman's edict.
The verses below from Jeremiah are a reminder that God is aware of our struggles and that He does keep His promises.
This is what the LORD says: "When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you: declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:10-13 NIV
Your turn: What do you do when experience times of struggle?
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