Life is full of daily activities that can be trying to our spirit. We face each new day and go about our business, sometimes on autopilot. Wake up, get ready, drop off kids, go to work, pick up kids, go home, cook dinner, make sure homework is done, make sure kids are bathed, bedtime stories, and then back to sleep only to wake up and do it all over again. We don’t have much personal time much less time to see the daily Bible scripture God would have for us.
Seen and Unseen Life Struggles
Though we all walk a different path, our trials and temptations are all the same. If you are a grocery bagger or a manager of a corporation, you will face struggles in life; they just come in different forms. No one is segregated or protected from dealing with hardship. Matthew 5:45 teaches us that “… He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”
Daily Bible, for Our Daily Struggles:
- Work – From impatient customers to trying coworkers we all struggle in our place of employment. We will have good days where we love our jobs; then there will be those days where we wonder why we tolerate this crummy place.
- Family – No one has a perfect family. And when you do struggle, life does not resolve itself in 30 minutes as it does on TV. Some struggles last weeks, months, even years and decades.
- Social Life – Friends are no different than family sometimes. As Christians, we struggle with what the world defines as an active social life. This is especially difficult for someone who is single. From what is acceptable to what is Biblical, we face the dilemma of making choices, often with the worry of feeling accepted.
- The World Around Us – We are often so busy with our own lives that we do not recognize what is going on in the world around us, other than what we see on our Facebook pages or on the 9 o’clock news. People react one of two ways; shake their heads in disbelief and flip the channel or sit and complain that something needs to be done about it.
- Our Calling – We all have a calling. Each of us has been given a task to complete while here on Earth. Many of us struggle with either answering the call that we already are aware of, or we struggle with having no clue as to what we are supposed to do with our lives.
While it is one thing to ignore our problems, it is quite another to worry and fuss about what needs to be done. God does not desire us to fret. His Word tells us:
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7)
When we are faced with the struggles of life, we need to get back to the basics. Remember, God is in control. He has given us the means to deal with our troubles; prayer and scripture. Prayer is communication with God. He speaks through His Word in the daily Bible reading with which we should begin each day.
Daily Bible Study
Our worries can be saturated by His Word and washed away. We have the means of reaching out and receiving the assistance we need through daily Bible reading. Beginning each day with scripture gives us advantages. It:
- Refreshes us. Psalm 23 teaches us that God guides us through our life. His hand is upon us. We have nothing to fear.
- Gives us answers. Matthew 7:7-11 encourages us that if we ask Him anything, He will answer us.
- Strengthens us. Philippians 4:13 reminds us we can do anything through His strength.
- Gives us focus. Romans 12:2 gives us reason to rejoice in the midst of trials. They produce clarity in knowing what God’s Will is.
- Challenges us. James 1:1-4 challenges us to enjoy the ride. Trials and temptations will come our way, but they all affect us by perfecting our faith.
We are not defeated when struggles come. When we get knocked down, God provides ways for us to get right back up and get back into the fight. As we see above, through the daily Bible reading we receive each morning, we are ready to face whatever life throws our way.
The one thing that can slow us down is grumbling. When we grumble, we tend to blame someone for what we are going through. This can aggravate the situation. We can blame our jobs, our family, our friends, the world around us; we can even blame God for the calamity that surrounds us. Pointing fingers gets us nowhere. The only pointing we should do is pointing heavenward, saying with firm belief, “God is in control!”
We gain our strength through the daily Bible reading, prayer, and acting based upon what we learn. God will show us we can make a difference in our jobs and families. God will give us answers to those questions we have. He will give us the strength to act as He continues to help us focus on Him. He will challenge us, not only to change ourselves, but to make a difference through sharing His Word with the world around us.
This article was written by Jeff Bray.