What we lose in the struggle

Sometimes we lose things in the struggle, when we struggle with people, situations or with God!

struggling-ducklings1Maybe you have lost a good relationship? Maybe in your stubbornness, or your selfishness, you did not take into account the needs of another person who meant a lot to you. As a result, you lost them. Maybe you have become estranged, and you don’t speak anymore. God is waiting to restore your relationships.

Maybe you have lost money due to financial stupidity? Maybe you did not work as well as you should have in your last job and as a result, you got relieved of your duties. Maybe you made some bad investments or even worse, you got conned into losing money through some scammer. God is waiting to restore your finances.

Maybe you have lost your place of safety? Perhaps you could not pay the rent and you got kicked out of your last home. Now you don’t know where you will lay your head at night? God is waiting to restore your safety net.

Maybe you have lost friendship? We often say and do stupid things and it sometimes leads to a break off in friendships, which we regret. It is not too late. God is waiting to restore your friendships.

Have you ever wondered where is God in the struggle?

The Bible promises over and over that God does not abandon us when we struggle with men. Remember from reading the book of Joshua and Genesis, and even Exodus. God says over and over “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” God is right by your side when you are wrestling and struggling with men and circumstances. Remember this promise- that God says that you can handle any situation, by His grace.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

When you feel under attack, remember that God’s grace is sufficient for you.

What does that mean?

  • It means God wants us to be in a position sometimes when we have no way to accomplish something unless it is with God. When we achieve that thing, then we realise that it was only because of God’s help that we managed to come through.
  • When we struggle and try to do things in our strength we are like Jacob, striving against men

When I reported for military service, I was a 23 year old young man. I was going to be doing my national service with other young boys straight from school. I had studied first and obtained a degree. I therefore went straight to Officers school, which is in a place called Oudshoorn in the Western Cape. I got off the train after a marathon journey from Johannesburg, and as our feet hit the tarmac, everything changed. No-one spoke in that place. Everyone shouted. I was shouted at. We were all shouted at for the next number of days, and weeks and even months.

As I stood there in the 2am blueish light of early morning, I saw some of the army corporals walking up and down the lines of young recruits. We all had long hair but our happy faces were not so cheerful anymore. This corporal walked up and down and stopped occasionally in front of a young chap, and would stare at him eyeball to eyeball, from 2 inches away, and he would then blow smoke in their eyes. he walked past me and I looked into his eyes, and I saw the most evil person I have ever seen in my life. I believe he was demon-possessed, and over the next weeks, his behaviour would back that up.

I prayed that I would not be placed in his platoon. I called on the name of God, and I said “Please, please, please Lord, do not let me be placed in his platoon.”

The sergeant started calling out names of people eventually, as they were allocated to a platoon. Then they came to Corporal Meyer.  This was it. I could not hear my name under any circumstances. No matter what. The sergeant called out some names and then I heard a name… what was it he said?

to be continued tomorrow

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