Sometimes I grow so weary of struggling.
Struggling with self-control. Struggling against temptation. Struggling to prefer others. Struggling with the limitations of my body. Struggling with fatigue. Struggling against obstacles. Struggling against our culture. Struggling in ministry. Struggling in relationships…
More often than not, life seems to be one long struggle, and I can get so exhausted and discouraged. Sometimes all the struggle makes me feel like there’s not any progress.
But lately, God has been showing me that instead of growing weary of the struggle, I should thank Him for it. And I should even embrace it.
Because struggles signify God’s hand at work.
If there was none of that wearisome struggle against this world…against my flesh…against my sin nature…against sin and its effects…then all those enemies of God would have free rein. If acquiescing to the default was the norm…if it came easily…I’m afraid that would be a pretty good indication that I haven’t been made a new creation in Christ in the first place.
I’m also realizing that rather than being a sign of lack of progress, struggling is actually a sign of growth. This world is a messed-up place. My body is a messed-up tent. And even though I am clothed in the righteousness of Christ and have put my sin nature to death, it still tries to resurrect itself numerous times every single day. The struggle is an indicator that my spirit is wrestling my flesh; if I persevere and stand the test, God’s reward is certain (James 1:12).
Will you take a moment today and thank Him for His work in your life…even when it’s uncomfortable? Will you praise Him for His grace that enables you to grow…even though it requires struggling?
After all, what young seedling doesn’t have to struggle in the dark through several inches of soil before having its first glimpse of blue skies?
Written by Jennifer Clarke