Do you look at someone who has had a breakthrough in their life and then wonder why they still struggle if their faith is so great? There is a fallacy that says, “Oh if you’re a Christian, and you’ve had all these miracles in your life, then all your troubles are gone and your life is just “peachy” now. Well, let me tell you that peaches also bruise easily! Perhaps you look at people who have accomplished things and then question that they should even have struggles? If you question other people’s walk of faith based on their troubles or successes, then your eyes are not on Jesus. As a Believer in Jesus, can you honestly say that your own life is without struggle either?
Struggles and trials are meant to draw us closer to the Lord, but that’s not all. They are meant to teach us to climb higher, to learn to trust God more and to learn more about how to walk in the measure of faith we possess. Sometimes we wonder why we end up going through certain struggles when we are praying for it to change. There are times when we go through these struggles because God already knows he can trust us to go through it with his grace. He can then use us in a greater capacity.
Each person’s journey will be different, but the lessons we learn are always similar. Many of those lessons teach us to trust God more, to walk humbly, and to walk in the authority we have in Christ. As we go through struggles in life, God uses these lessons to prepare us. What is God preparing us for? He’s preparing each of us to walk in our destiny and our calling, as an overcomer in Christ. Whatever you’re facing, it’s important to remember to take your eyes off others who seem to be doing better than you, or those you question should have greater faith.
The Word of God gives us the instruction we need to change our perspective, and move our eyes from others.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (ISV)
5 TRUST IN THE LORD with all your heart,
and DO NOT DEPEND on your OWN UNDERSTANDING.
6 In all your ways ACKNOWLEDGE HIM,
and he will make YOUR paths straight.
Step 1 – Trust the Lord
Step 2 – Don’t assume you understand or know what’s best
Step 3 – Acknowledge him, or consult him for direction
Step 4 – Let him lead you. He will make your paths straight.