By Karen Polich
Days are hard. Life can be overwhelming. I am feeble and utterly crushed; I groan in anguish of heart. Psalm 38:8
What is our reaction to a bad day or a bad season? We have a choice when it comes to handling difficult situations. Will we react in the moment, or reflect and respond? Reactions usually involve emotions getting the best of us. Learning to respond with God at the center can lead to better outcomes.
“It’s not what happens to me that is so important, it’s what happens in me that makes all the difference.” – Michael M. Cook
Tough times provide opportunities to seek God and His grace. We can use difficulties to make us more intentional about diving into the Word and deepening our prayer life. God will speak to us when we seek Him. His ways are not our ways, but He will cover whatever circumstance we face and shape us along the way.
In a struggle, we can grow weary and see things only from our own perspective. The outlook is bleak and discouragement fills our hearts. It can be as simple as a busy day going awry and causing missed deadlines, or as complicated as devastating news that leads to a season of difficulty. With eyes only on the struggle, we run the risk of developing a habit of trying to “do life” on our own
In good times and bad, allowing God to work in us is key. If we establish the habit of putting Him first in all things, we will be better equipped to walk with Him during struggles. The times of overload and anguish will be less lonely and we will automatically seek His guidance.
It is not up to us to “be strong”. It is up to us to seek Him and His strength.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Are you facing hard days? Look to God and allow Him to walk with you through the struggle.