When The Struggle Is Not Real
Trials and tribulations are a reality and part of life. In James 1:2-3 NIV it says: "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance." That means when we pass through difficulties and go through the process it helps to build us up. In essence, the struggle is real and for our benefit! So, suffering is good. Struggling is good = all good! Not so fast...
There is a difference between facing trials and struggling. A struggle will eventually lead to you losing your strength, whereas overcoming trials will have you stand victorious in the end. There has been this misconception of suffering and struggling to be normal and just part of the journey. But what is the lesson in struggling? Fact is, there are some things that you shouldn't be struggling with. If you do, your red flags should go up. Nobody said that everything will always be giddy and good but God never intended life to be hard and difficult all the time or a constant journey of suffering. A lot of things should come with ease. Just think about this, if everything should be a struggle then why would God have shown the greatest act of grace by giving His only son as a remission of our sins? Did we struggle or fight to get our salvation? No, it came with ease - no struggle at all! Thus, when you still face difficulties with things that shouldn't be hard then you better pay attention. Something might either be going wrong that needs to be corrected or there is an important lesson that you ought not to miss.
That reminds me of a quote I once read that says: "God is more interested in your character than your comfort"! There is so much truth in this statement. After all, when we pass through hardships it builds our character and strengthens us. But as your character is being built God will not leave you out in the cold to face those giants on your own. He will be there to help you pass through and come out victorious on the other side. "And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast." 1 Peter 5:10 NIV