By Amanda Usher
“If my misery could be weighed and my troubles be put on the scales, they would outweigh all the sands of the sea…”
Job 6:2-3 (NLT)
“I wish He would crush me. I wish He would reach out His hand and kill me. At least I can take comfort in this: Despite the pain, I have not denied the words of the Holy One. But I don’t have the strength to endure. I have nothing to live for.”
Job 6:9-11 (NLT)
“No, I am utterly helpless, without any chance of success.”
Job 6:13 (NLT)
Trials and tribulations are inevitable, and the pain experienced through these times can sometimes be unbearable. They’re hard to work through, and may even threaten your emotional state.
You may feel as if your storms will drown you, but they won’t if you don’t allow yourself to be weak, and let God be your backbone, instead. The community can even be a source of strength for you. They can encourage you and assist you in pushing forward. While it’s okay to momentarily feel helpless or fragile, you can’t allow yourself to stay in that pit of misery. Your battles will bring growth and life to your world, not death. That is, if you fight. Prove to God, to yourself and to others that you won’t be defeated by turmoil. Prove yourself to be a great soldier.
If you refer to the previous blog post, dated Sept. 29, 2014, you will see the steps to “preparing for the battlefield” are far from complex or complicated (How…Fight?). One thing that is a must is for you to understand your character while also not allowing yourself to be taken out of character. You have to learn yourself, and learn about God’s greatness. “Preparing yourself for a fight can be a teachable moment for yourself and others,” according to the post. “It can reveal to you that you can handle a lot more than you thought that you could while also displaying to others how powerful your God is.” If you believe that He is almighty and bigger than any problem, why would you wish to be crushed? Why would you wish to be taken away?
Struggles may seem endless, but you’re more powerful than them. You may believe that you “don’t have the strength to endure,” but you do. Your endurance comes from your faith in the Holy One and in yourself. It comes from prayer, and belief in the Word.
You have to make the decision to stand up to your situation, stand proud to be a child of God and fight. Fight for your sanity. Fight for your survival. Fight because you have the Savior in the storm with you. Don’t wait until tomorrow but make your choice today. This you shall remember:
“You’re not on the battlefield alone. Man may abandon you, but God never will. You may feel tortured, bruised and beaten down, but God will still have His hand on you. You’re still in His reach. Your fight is only a test, and it’s up to you to pass it. Show Him that you can handle whatever fight comes your way, and prove to Him that you are indeed ‘fit for the Master’ (How…Fight?).”
The famous Mayweather-Pacquiao fight may be over, but your fight night has arrived. You’ll come out victorious because your Father will be with you. You won’t be defeated, and you will succeed. Keep in mind that you always have something to live for, even if you have no family or a limited amount of friendships, because you have yourself to live for. Don’t be taken out by what the devil throws your way or fail the tests that God has put in front of you. Believe in His promises, believe in His Word and you’ll be just fine. Just remember to always fight!
Think about a time when you felt swallowed up by your problems. What did you do ensure that you’d be a conqueror and survive?
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