To struggle is to be human
I think of Jesus' life and ministry on Earth. No other human being has been as connected to God, and yet still Jesus struggled. Like us, he struggled with both internal temptations as well as external pressures. Enduring through his struggles prepared Jesus to fulfil his ultimate purpose.
The early Church leaders struggled with persecution, sometimes to the point of death. Their determination paved the way for thousands of years of Christ-followers that we are still benefitting from today.
"The struggle you're in today, is developing the strength you need for tomorrow."
- Robert Tew
Currently, most of the human population is struggling through the coronavirus pandemic. We have never had to deal with something like this before. There is a lot of uncertainty and fear about many things. We are exhausted, anxious and fed up. Many have suffered great loss. It feels as though this struggle is never going to end.
To struggle is to be human. Let us be encouraged by the reminder that many who have gone before us survived their struggles and were made stronger because of them. We can hope for a brighter tomorrow because of the struggles that we are facing today and the lessons that we are learning about God and the world.
We can endure in the knowledge that God is with us, even in the midst of our struggles.