If you have spent any time on social media these past few years than you have probably heard that famous hashtag “the struggle is real”. Oftentimes we see this accompany things about being late for work and having a flat tire, or about dealing with kids that have been in the house for five days because of snow and they are going crazy.
We do this to make light of the situations that we have been put in and hope to get out of soon, but for many of us the struggle is very real every day. We struggle to pay our bills, we struggle to keep food on the table, we struggle to give our kids everything they need to succeed in life. The question is, how do we deal with these struggles? What or who do we turn to when we struggle?
For some of us that is things that we think will take us out of our current situations like drugs and alcohol. For others they spend all of their time reading those self-help books. But what if I told you there was a better way. A way that would give you everything you need to get through the days that we wish never happened. That way is total reliance on Jesus Christ.
When I think about this I’m reminded on when Jesus is teaching a crowd in Luke 12. Starting with verse 22 he says “do not worry about your life”. Jesus goes on to teach that we worry about all the things in our life that we are trying to attain, the better job, the nicer house and cars, the best clothes. So, that we struggle each and every day trying to attain things that are going to matter not in the end.
He then goes on to teach that instead of worrying about these things what we should be doing is seeking God, relying on God to provide for our needs. We should be seeking God first and then God will give us the things that we need. Relying on Jesus helps us deal with our struggles, if helps us to know that we are not alone on this journey. God knows what you need when you need it and is more than happy to provide it for you. Why? Because God loves you.
God knows the very struggles that you are going through. He knows that the struggle is real for each of us every day. It’s when we rely on God that we have help with our struggles, we have peace and comfort through those days that we wished we had just stayed in bed. God is there for you, He will provide a way for you to get through. All we have to do is trust fully in Him, not in all of those “how to” books, or in things like drugs and alcohol. God is able, and will give you everything that we need.
Put your trust in Him as that wonderful song says “Just give me Jesus”.
Lt. Justin Johnson is a Corps Officer with The Salvation Army of Logan, Boone, and Mingo counties and a member of the Logan Ministerial Association.