“There were wolves in the woods on that cold dark night. They were howling for me, singing, ‘This one’s mine.’ But my father was with me, right by my side, guiding my steps through the claws and the ice. ‘My grace is sufficient, and this one’s mine. My grace is sufficient, and this one’s mine.’” – Runaway Symphony
What struggles are you dealing with right now? Sometimes our struggles change daily, attacking us from all angles when we least expect it. Or perhaps there are one or two specific things you have been struggling with for a long time, feeling like your burning up from the inside.
Humanity was bound for struggle from the moment that Adam and Eve disobeyed the Lord. Women would suffer painful labor, the ground would be cursed with thorns, and mankind would have to work and toil to survive until we return to dust. In our life we will deal with temptations, with sins, with depression and rejection, and without something to grab on to, it would be easy to drown in waves of emotional or physical suffering.
That’s what it feels like often, doesn’t it? Like getting smashed by a wave, and then another, and then another. There are so many people who go through this every day; sometimes it’s seems like only for a season, and sometimes it seems never ending. I speak directly to and for the youth when I say that there is an attack on this generation of young people that is terrifying. It is not that previous generations of people have not been attacked as hard, but the tactics which the devil is using has changed. News anchors, journalists, scholars and therapists will all look for reasons why this latest generation is struggling—and there are valid reasons. The biggest reason is that so many do not know the power the Jesus Christ has, and they do not know that Jesus Christ wants nothing more than to give us strength, wisdom, and the ability to endure hardships. Without this knowledge, kids are defenseless against Satan, who wants to devour (1 Peter 5:8).
My heart aches for those who have been attacked over and over again, feeling pain, rejection, depression. My heart aches for those who have taken their life because of the pain they have experienced. In last week’s devotion, Liz referenced Philippians 4:4-7, writing that our path “has already been laid out by the very being that has left you his transcending peace.” If you are struggling with sin, with depression, or with thoughts of suicide, reach out for the Lord NOW. There is no guarantee you will have a tomorrow, and you do not have time to waste. Cry out to the Lord for his help, and he will guide you.
The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 8.38-39: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that in Christ Jesus our Lord."
The Lord has taken those who believe in him and has set them free; his grace is sufficient. He wants you to go to him now. Pray for your family, pray for the students of our local High School who have suffered yet another loss of life this last week, and pray for your community.