How many times have you been going through a tough time or major disappointment and you hear someone say, ” all you have to do is trust God or all you have to do is believe?” By the time you finish listening to them, you feel as if your situation or circumstance is insignificant and most likely your fault because you’re not trusting God enough and, on top of that, that you are failing God as a Christian. I’m not ashamed to say I’ve been there, but now I realize that other people are dealing with that same sense of failure.
There are various scenarios that we are dealing with on an every day basis. Some are single parents raising children without a support system. Some are working several jobs just trying to make ends meet. Some have spouses that have walked away, or jobs that have ended. Some are dealing with abuse, rape, molestation, illnesses, or deep insecurities. Whatever the case may be, there is a struggle and it is definitely real. It’s more than enough to make you wonder about yourself, your faith, and at times, even the existence of God.
We get caught up in our situations and our emotions. We find ourselves trying our hardest to put on a brave smile, taking a deep breath, and muddling through each day, feeling like we are alone. At the end of the day, we feel like we are a disappointment to God as well as ourselves.
The struggle is real. It’s not all in our minds and it’s not that we don’t have enough faith. It’s really just life. And because we are not walking in each other’s shoes, dealing with the scenarios in each other’s lives; we have no right to make light of another person’s situation. We certainly shouldn’t just throw out short, curt statements regarding the faith of others.
What we should always do is encourage each other in grace and love. We encourage each other by recognizing the struggle is real for that person and remind them that God is real also and He’s much bigger than our struggles. We should encourage each other to be open and honest with God. We don’t have to put on a brave face for God because He knows how we really feel. Believe it or not, He can handle our anger, disappointment, frustration, and disgust. He wants us to come to Him with all of our concerns and burdens. 1 Peter 5:7 tells us to cast all our cares upon Him, for He cares for us.
God is our Creator, the giver and sustainer of all life, and the word tells us that His ears are open unto the cry of the righteous. We must remember that no matter how much we think we mess up or how much we think we fail, if we are a born again believer, then we are still the righteous because of the blood of Jesus that covers us.
Therefore, we must cry out to Him concerning all things. Yes, we live in a world where struggle is inevitable because everybody is going through something, but even through all of that God is real and He is with us. He will see us through. As a matter of fact, if He hadn’t been with us all along, we would have truly given up by now. Yet, here we are surviving the struggle nonetheless. Let us make every effort to acknowledge each other in the time of challenge and encourage one another in the grace and ability of the Lord.