Let’s be honest: life is hard. It’s easy to think that once you’ve accepted Christ all of your problems will magically go away, but that’s not true. Don’t get me wrong, my life has improved exponentially since I decided to whole-heartedly serve the Lord but that doesn’t make certain things in life any less difficult.
I live in pain. It’s been a reality for me for about 12 years now and I can’t remember what it’s like to have a day where I’m not in pain. This is one of those “hard things” that I’m constantly brushing up against. I’ve prayed, I’ve had other people pray, I’ve worshiped, I’ve given it to God, I’ve repented, I’ve spoken scripture over myself, I’ve gone to doctors, I’ve had tests done, I’ve tried medicines, all of it to no avail. What do you do then?
What do you do when the “reality” that you see doesn’t match up with what God says in his word?
It’s not a rhetorical question, I want you to answer it for yourself.
What do you do when life sucker punches you?
What do you do when you’re dealt a bad hand?
I don’t have an answer for you. I don’t have a verse that makes all of the problems go away. All I can tell you is what I do: I keep going.
I keep loving God because I know without a doubt that he loves me in spite of the fact that a great deal of the time I’m simply unloveable.
I keep worshiping Him even when I can barely stand or lift my hands because I know he went through much worse than I ever will.
I continue to have faith in who God says he is because he’s proven himself faithful to me over and over again.
And even though I’m in pain right now I know that I am healed because of Jesus; I might experience that healing 10 minutes from now, 10 years from now or when I get to heaven, but either way he says it, so I believe it.
No matter you’re going through, I want to encourage you that you’re not alone. Keep clinging to those promises found in God’s word because He is faithful: He can’t lie. Continue to worship Him and serve Him through those toughest times because He is infinitely worthy. Go after God with all that you’ve got. Whatever you do, just keep going.