There are times in each of our lives where we come up against obstacles that threaten to knock us over and flatten us. These times cause us to look up to the heavens and cry out, "Why God, why?"
Many are experiencing serious financial difficulties and cannot believe what has befallen them. Hard working people who have saved and invested for decades find themselves unemployed and living off their dwindling savings. Too young to retire and too old and experienced to be considered for new positions because of their pay scale and remaining years of employment, these find themselves not eligible for hire.
Some (like us) find ourselves stuck with real estate that will not sell. After years of improvements and investing in a house that they hoped and planned would at least break even at sale time, these folks find themselves in the midst of a nightmare that involves terminology like "short sale" and the dreaded "foreclosure."
Still others are facing devastating loss as loved ones are facing death. Life is full of the strange language called medical terminology. Words like "terminal" and "hospice" are becoming familiar and for some, realistic hope for a cure in this life is fading.
No matter what problem you face today be it a great or small issue, life just gets wearing and we tend to get weary of it.
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 (NASB)
I am so very thankful that we can go to the Lord with our sorrows and burdens. I once again have to ask, how do the unbelievers make it through this life without Christ?
These tough days are intended to mature us and develop our character. They are intended to make us more like Christ as we share in His sufferings. These tough days are intended to make us long for our heavenly home. They are intended to diminish our love of the world and the things in and of the world.
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 (NASB)
God's purpose in all things is to make us more like Christ.
For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son... Romans 8:29 (NASB)
I am thankful this life and its hardships serve a purpose. I am thankful He is accomplishing His goals in my heart and life. I am thankful He loves me.
Do not weary in doing good my friends. Do not despair and do not think all your worldly misery is for nothing. God is aware of every tear and every sorrow. He is walking with you through every moment of suffering.
Pour out your heart to Him and experience His wonderful lavish grace wash over your aching heart.