Facing the Struggles - Part Three | Devotions to Produce Spiritual Growth
with Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain
Are we trying to protect ourselves, from the pain and heartache that enters our lives? Are we working so hard on our own, to keep ourselves from facing these difficult moments; that we find that we have lost the true purpose for our existence? In Matthew 16:25 we read… “For whosoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.”
There will be times in our lives, when heartache and pain will attempt to take control but when we allow the problem to draw us in; then we find that we try to go with the flow of the problem, while we completely ignore the purpose behind the problem. We seem to find it easier to give into our circumstances, while we allow ourselves to suffer needlessly…when all along; we should be looking for the reason why this problem exists, so we can begin to work with God, to resolve it. We must remember that God never allows anything to enter our lives, unless He has a purpose for its existence.
It’s so easy to want to sit down, in the midst of our battles and give in to what we are experiencing but when we do this; then we are only going to lose out, on all that God longs to reveal to us, through the circumstance. In order that we might gain Christ, in a much greater way; sometimes we have to experience loss but just because we go through these moments of loss; that doesn’t mean that we have been defeated. In fact, we are only defeated, when we allow ourselves to become tangled in the web of our problems, rather than rising above the problem, to find a greater purpose for our lives.
We may find that we have lost a lot over time but these moments will never compare, to what we will gain in the life to come. Our moments of pain, heartache, and infirmities are only a moment’s time, compared to an eternity with God. As we experience loss in our lives, these moments allow us to gain God in a greater way…that is, if we allow our circumstances to be used by God, in this way. Today, we have a choice…we can either cling to our problems and allow them to slowly place us in a deep pit of despair or we can rise above them, to a place where the purpose behind the circumstance becomes something that will save our lives and draw us closer to God, for all of eternity.