Struggles are a fact of life. Some are more difficult than others. Some end in the success that we imagined. Others leave permanent scars. Whatever the outcome, struggles cause change. The heartbreak of EXTRAORDINARY STRUGGLES requires God’s extraordinary measures.
God’s Word gives us a powerful picture of this process and provides us with those extraordinary measures.
STEP 1: TRUST GOD GOING INTO THE STRUGGLE
Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. 1 Chronicles 16:11
I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
STEP 2: DEPEND ON GOD DURING THE STRUGGLE
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Isaiah 40:29
STEP 3: PRAISE GOD AFTER THE STRUGGLE
When Moses led God’s chosen people out of Egypt Pharaoh’s army began to close in on them and there seemed no way out. But God delivered them safely out of the hands of their enemies. It was Moses’ trust and dependence on God that took them through and Moses immediately turned praise back to God with these words:
The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. Exodus 15:2 NIV
When stuck in a struggle it is time to step into God's strength for the struggle.
PRAYER: I thank you for my struggles and for your extraordinary measures. I will trust you when I enter the struggles and depend on you during them. Help me to always acknowledge you after the struggle. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
WITH GOD TODAY’S STRUGGLE IS TOMORROW’S STRENGTH!
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