“For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Heb. 13:5)
In life, we face many struggles. These struggles though do not end because we have been saved by Jesus Christ. You might have had terrible circumstance after terrible circumstance for weeks on end, for years on end. The forecast for the next day seems to be the same, just more trouble, more stress to deal with, more sadness to endure, more fights to have, more sickness to overcome, more bills to pay.
We must accept one fact to begin with, we live in a fallen world, this is not heaven. The struggles are here because this world is passing away. It is like a car with too many miles on it, it sputters away with issue after issue. So living in this fallen world, we either accept the problem or we try to deny it and then get depressed.
At some point with the amount of struggle, doubt might creep in and tempt you. It is completely OK to ask God, “why are these things happening!” Then go to the word of God and trust in His promise “I will never forsake you”. Meaning, good, bad, indifferent, He is always going to be right there with you.
If you are growing in Christ, you grow in trust in His sovereignty. Knowing completely, trusting completely that He would never forsake you or cast you off, the unbearable then becomes bearable. Knowing this is NOT your eternal home, but heaven is will make the unbearable become bearable.
If you take the name of Jesus Christ, you are tested. Tested always to grow in Him. Struggles are part of this test. Those who endure will be saved, those who let doubt win and fall away took the name of Christ, but were not saved. The Parable of the Seeds in Luke 8 is a great study of this. Jesus explains this in Luke 8:14, “now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity.”
The Book of Job is always a great study. Job lost everything in a short period, including his family. His wife also scoffed and mocked him as did his friends. As soon as doubt started creeping in, the Lord thundered away as to who He was and who Job was erasing any doubt in Job’s mind. While it seemed like the Lord did forsake Job, He didn’t! He restored him, He taught Job a valuable lesson in trust and His sovereignty.
When the struggles ensue, the same question is asked of you. Who are you trusting, is it God or is it yourself and the world around you? As time goes on, your trust should be steadily increasing steadily in God, not decreasing into doubt. The harder the struggle, the MORE you should be clinging to Jesus Christ, the more you trust in Him to see you through the pain, the suffering, and the despair.
Pride is a deadly sin, it infects all of us. Humility is the cure to pride, and it is not just being humble to those around you, it is being completely HUMBLE to the God who created you! Many miss this point. They are humble to everyone but to God. Being humble to God is to surrender, completely surrender your flawed will to His will in your life! Pray in earnestly for this humility, those who endure until the end will trust in God, they will not doubt Him and His promise, “I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU!”