Thursday, October 17, 2013

It’s Never as Bad as it Seems

One thing that is common to EVERY person is struggle. Everyone struggles in some way during life. Some struggles are harder than others, and some people experience more struggle than others, but we all struggle. For some the struggles are woven into the rhythm of life so we don’t notice them as much as those struggles that seem to preoccupy our day. It’s those “out of the ordinary” struggles that seem to be so bad, maybe because we notice them more, maybe because they are actually harder on us. The more life experience we have however, the more we realize that our struggle could always be worse. What is it that protects us from being overtaken by struggle?

When we place our complete trust and faith in God, His grace comes upon us and we are able to endure the struggle with His help. He doesn’t always take away the struggle right away, as in the story of the Gadarene Demoniac found in Luke 8.26-39. Sometimes He protects us from serious harm, like death, until such time as His Glory can be revealed for the greatest benefit. The demoniac was possessed by legion demons for a long time. These demons were so fierce, they forced the man to live in the wilderness among the tombs with the wild beasts. In fact he was treated as a wild beast by the town folk. Then Jesus came and rescued him. Jesus commanded the demons to depart.

That is when the man realized it could have been much worse all those years than it had been. Once the demons left the young man and entered a nearby herd of swine, the demons were so fierce, the swine ran off a cliff and were drowned in the sea. God had protected the young man from the demons’ power for many years and the man was so thankful, he wanted to stay with Jesus. But Jesus commanded him, “Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you.” (Luke 8.39) The greatest thing the man realized was that it’s never as bad as it seems when God is part of your life.

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