As long as we live in this fallen world, we will have struggles, and as long as we struggle, we will over come the struggle through the power by way of the Holy Spirit. I am experiencing a struggle now, as I write these words. Do I like it? By no means, but it does cause me to cry out to the one who can rescue me. His name is Jesus, and He rescues me every single time without fail. I am compelled to depend on Him and continue to rely on Him. I thought to my self, “maybe that is the reason I and my friends go through these times.” I am reminded of Romans 8:28, “and we know that God causes (means it) all things to work together for good to those who love God to those who are called according to His purpose.” I’m telling you, God loves us so very much. He knows that if we don’t go through a trial or a circumstance there is no way we would come to Him. He knows that left to our selves we will mess things up. God designed us to be dependent on Him; when we chose another way, it never satisfies for very long. It’s supposed to work that way.
The example I will use, is of a watch maker who designs the time device to keep the time, but I want to use it for a hammer or to open a door. It doesn’t work and I am extremely frustrated and end up smashing the thing into bits. The watch was never designed to function as a door opener or to secure a nail. Yet somehow we think we can live our lives without Jesus as our Lord and Savior. It may work for a while, because of the grace and mercy of our Lord, but eventually, you come to the knowledge of who He is and who you are.
In my walk with the Lord there are three stages we go through and maybe even go in and out of the three, but in 1 John Chapter 2:12 John describes Little Children because your sins have been forgiven you for His names’ sake; young men because you have overcome the evil one; and Fathers because you know Him who has been from the beginning.
When things would go wrong for me I would think to my self, “why is this happening to me?” As I grew in the Lord, and I would struggle with something, I would think to my self, “What do I need to learn from this?” The older I get, still, I feel like, “who is this going to help?” The first stage is when we get born again and everything is brand new, we see Jesus and we are going to heaven. Woo Hoo. The second stage is being strong and the Word abides in me to overcome Satan. This last stage I think is so precious, because fathers reproduce after their own kind. This is the stage that loves and gives, even to the point of going without, for the other person.
I believe this is where I am right now, seeing with a single eye to the one who is my life. “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son.” God is all about the other person, and He is all about the love. When the struggles come, who is looking at your life? Who is the one bringing the struggle? Could it be that it is God to teach us to depend on Him? Glory be to God! If this is how He chooses to live His life through me, then I say, “Bring it on.” “He who is joined to the Lord is one Spirit,” I do not act independently from Him, and so it is really His struggle, not mine.
Written by Tracey