November 19, 2015

Thursday
2 Corinthians 4:13-18

In verse 13, Paul quotes Psalm 116:10. The first 10 verses of that psalm capture the cries of a hurting man and the love and attention he received from God. He says the Lord delivered him from death, his eyes from tears, his feet from stumbling so that he could live a full life. Then in verse 10, he writes, “I believed; therefore I said, ‘I am greatly afflicted.’” Another translates it to say, “I believed even when I said, ‘I am greatly afflicted.’” Our belief and our faith change the way we live. If we have faith in what we cannot see, then we live our lives according to the truth that cannot be seen. If we believe God is able, then we are able to say, “I am struggling!” with confidence, knowing he is with us.

In the midst of suffering, depression, loss of job, grief, financial issues, parenting challenges, addiction, and every other struggle, we have two options. One, we can stare at our problem, see its power and the pain it brings, and try our best to wrestle it on our own. Two, we acknowledge our struggle is real, but we look beyond it as we fight and trust the truth we cannot see. The unseen truth is God is bigger than our problem. God loves us and he will help us. When we go with option 1, we quickly tire and usually fail. When we go with option 2, we still have to fight our problem, but we wrestle knowing pain isn’t the ultimate winner and we have a God on our side who will never leave us and who loves us deeply. I don’t know about you, but my ability to wrestle in the scenario of option 2 is different than in option 1. I am stronger, I can fight longer, and I can fight with my head up when I know the truth about God.

Option 1 usually leaves me sitting and unable to even lift my fists. Option 2 lets me fight and not lose heart—no matter my situation or struggle. God renews my mind and my heart each day. Let us fix our eyes on the truth of Jesus, not on our struggle.