While I’ve only been living 24 years, my 24 years have had more than their fair share of ups and downs. I’ve endured many trials, and enjoyed several triumphs.
In all that time, and through the good and the bad, I’ve learned a great deal. One of the biggest lessons I’ve taken away from life so far is this: do not fear life’s trials. Do not go out of your way to avoid a struggle. For it is in despair, in pain, and in the times of darkness that we learn and grow the most.
Sure, when everything is going smooth and right, life is grand! We want to stay in that pleasantness forever! But what do we learn when nothing is poking us, nothing is bothering us or making us question our livelihood?
God teaches us, grows us, and shapes us in times of trial and persecution.
A great preacher, Charles Haddon Spurgeon once said,
I am sure I have derived more real benefit and permanent strength and growth in grace, and every precious thing, from the furnace of affliction, than I ever derived from prosperity.
No matter what we face in life, God can cover you with his holy righteousness. There is no problem too small for Him to care about, or too large for Him to handle.
Psalm 142:1-7 is a great reminder for us to turn to God in times of struggle, fear and despair. David was being hunted by King Saul, and had no idea how he would escape with his life. Rather than wallow in self dispair, he turned to God and asked God to deal bountifully with David. He sought refuge in God, because he knew his enemies were stronger than him alone. Yet nothing is too strong for God.
The next time you feel overwhelmed, down and out, and don’t know where to turn, turn that pain and fear to God. He can handle it and bring you through it.