Inside: When life is going well, I can walk this life journey in faith. When it gets hard, little accumulations cause me to want to throw in the towel.
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I have this path around the perimeter of my land that I walk almost daily. I frequently get my inspiration from this walk when it’s just God and me.
The path is usually easy to walk, but when snow or rain hits, it becomes a test of endurance. We live in the bluffs along the Wisconsin River, so this path has valleys and peaks to it.
One rainy day, my knock-off Ugg boots became soaked and my feet got wet. It was about 34 degrees outside so it became a nuisance, to say the least.
I had just started my walk, so my options were to return to my house or keep going discomfort and all.
My default action is to give up. I had to pep talk myself into continuing to walk in spite of the discomfort and annoyance.
This path I walk is very similar to my life.
When life is going well, I can walk this journey in faith. When it gets hard, little accumulations cause me to want to throw in the towel.
My problem is not only do I want to cash it all in, but my intimate relationship with God is affected. Even when I’m purposeful in His word, it seems one directional, I feel like I traipsing on my own.
Are we similar?
I yearn to get this right, to walk so securely with God in the good times and the distressing times. So far, I’ve failed miserably.
Here’s what I’ve come to realize:
• It’s not failing if I get back up to try it again, but this time trusting in God to help.
• God delights in me wanting to be better, closer to Him.
• These hard times are the best way to grow (I admit I just sighed…growth is painful, distressing and uncomfortable.)
• I am never alone. God promises to be with me forever. He doesn’t pull back, I do.
Teetering with Faith and Flesh
Can I be honest?
It’s still hard and the temptation to say I can’t do this is still real. When those thoughts appear, I’m trying to grasp hold of (2 Chronicles 15:7, NLT).
7 But as for you, be strong and courageous, for your work will be rewarded.
In the times of uncomfortable circumstances, I find it hard to see any reward coming. I feel like a reward requires the Flag of Resign has to stay in my pocket.
Have I got this all wrong?
Do I deserve the reward even if I ask for help when these feelings try to drown me? When I can’t see the way and I become dependent on blindly following my Savior?
What I consider failing and being weighted down, is actually the growth happening? I realize I can’t do this, but He can!
5 Promises When Life Gets Unbearable
1. God will strengthen you.
(Colossians 1:11-12, NLT).
We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy,[a] 12 always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light.
2. We will reap a harvest of blessings when we persevere.
(Galatians 6:9, NLT).
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
3. We will be blessed.
(James 1:12, NLT).
God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
4. God promises us life if we endure.
(Revelation 2:10, NLT).
Don’t be afraid of what you are about to suffer. The devil will throw some of you into prison to test you. You will suffer for ten days. But if you remain faithful even when facing death, I will give you the crown of life.
5. He will make our paths straight even if the path is muddy.
(Proverbs 3:5-6, NLT).
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
Let’s keep walking our life path faithfully in the midst of the hard and joyfully in the easy times. God’s hand extends to us all the way from the beginning to the end.
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