You’ve heard it said “the struggle is real.” Everyone of us struggle with something. We struggle with pride or feeling less than. We struggle with thoughts and feelings that would like to take away any hope we might have.
How do you find the real in your struggle when the struggle is real?
God wants to use your struggle to grow your faith and help you to shed the parts of you that hinder growth.
Paul speaks of learning to be content in all of life’s circumstances in Philippians 4:12-13. So often I think that we only want to be content when life looks like we planned. I don’t know about you, but for me life has rarely looked like the picture I had in my mind.
We tend to picture life through the lens of social media, magazines and TV. Let’s evaluate how much effort went into the magazine article, the TV clip or the social media post. Consider the work that was in each of these glimpses of someone else or their experiences.
How long did it to take to prepare for the photo shoot? How long did it take to build the set and prepare the actors/actresses for the short clip that captivated you? What lengths did the person go to so you would envy their life? There is hope found in evaluating what is real and what is not.
God has purpose for our lives. We can trust Him to bring about good even when we are struggling. Struggles help us reach for Him. We cry out to Him and seek comfort in His word. God’s love for us is REAL and His plan will unfold in our lives if we trust Him.
The Bible tells us to rely on the Holy Spirit to discern what is real and what is not. This world is filled with things that claim to be real. Your view of a situation may cause you to perceive something that is fake as real.
1 Peter 5:8-9 reminds us to be alert to the schemes of the devil. There are many things in our lives that are very real and he wishes to use to destroy us, but God can use those things to strengthen us. We must resist the devil and stand firm in our faith. Ephesians 6:10-13 reminds us that the devil seeks to use our thoughts and emotions to devour the very life God has given us.
Found in Genesis 50:20 are the words of Joseph, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”
This real struggle you are in the midst of could actually save your life or someone else’s! Nothing we go through is without purpose. What we struggle with today might be our strength in the days to come. If today your struggle is real, talk to God. Thank Him for the struggle and ask him to show you “the real” in the midst of it.
Erika Wrench lives in Godwin.