Everyone has struggles – annoying, chronic, acute or fatal – but we all fight the same bottom-line battle. The opponent in our fighting ring may look different, but the way we fight and win the match is the identical.
My walk may be cluttered with grief, a struggle with time management, an unpleasant attitude, struggling to raise three little blondies (to name a few), and your walk may be cluttered with the loss of another kind, or a marriage struggle, or a financial or family situation. But the battle, the lesson, the answer is the same for all of us.
The believer’s bottom-line battle is to completely surrender ourselves to God, to trust Him daily and realize He is all we need. In that very battle lies the answer. Our identity, our fulfillment, our purpose is only through Him. The peace you desire, the comfort you need, the wisdom you seek. Your hope. Your joy. Your contentment. Your purpose. Everything you need can be found in your surrendering, because in your surrendering you find God. And the closer you get to God, the less you need of everything else.
We each require a certain means to grab our attention and devotion, that is why our walks are all different. No other struggle would work for you except the one you are presently walking. Each struggle is an opportunity to surrender to God.
In my head I can almost hear God saying, “What will it take child for you to simply surrender your life to Me?” Let go of the tug-a-war rope and wave your white flag. Come out of the cave; no amount of camouflage can disguise or distance can hide you from our omnipresent Father. Stop running; it never worked for Jonah either. As the song Oh My Soul by Casting Crowns sings, “There’s a place where fear has to face the God you know.” Your struggle is crushing you, harder and harder until only the mere shadow of you can be seen. Don’t let fear win, simply surrender. The struggles will never end, but the battle can be won. And in that win is splendid freedom and peace.
We can identify with one another no matter our walks in life. You don’t reach people simply by position, nametag or prestige, but through relatability, openness, humility and compassion. That’s one of the purposes of the body of Christ – to empathize, to support, to pray – because we all fight the same battle of surrendering to and trusting God. And we all continually fail.
So why can none of us seem to remain the victor in this common and dominant battle?
We fiercely desire to be the center of our world and to have all things function accordingly. It is a subconscious drive (also called our sin nature) that will be within us until the day God calls us home. But have hope. For the almighty and untouchable God who knows our frailty and failures still chooses to shower us with His steadfast love, abundant grace and endless mercy. And He will continue to bathe us in His blessings forever.
Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with Your counsel, and afterward You will receive me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.