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by on December 31, 2013


Struggle is normal. Life is struggle. That is normal. It is important to overcome the struggles. The Revelation message to the churches is to “those who overcome.”

Modern medicine promises relief from struggle. A recent advertisement showed a mother and child in a serene environment. The ad was sponsored by a drug company. The featured ad was for an over-the-counter medicine. Taking that medication will produce serenity and peace, was the unmistakable message.

Modern counseling also promises relief from struggle. Just tell the trained counselor and he/she will have answers for your problems. Peace and resolution will ensue if only you will follow the directions.

Modern self-help courses and books make similar promises. Take these five steps and these three results will be yours. It is as simple as that. What about when it does not turn out as promised? What have you done wrong? Did God let you down?

The modern world believes that we can escape all pain and struggle. But, pain and struggle have produced much of our literature and poetry and music and accomplishment. Eliminating struggle, eliminates the blessing and the beauty and the character it produces.

“A stream with no rocks has no song.” The stones make the song. As the water of life cascades over the stones in the path, a song is sung.

Struggle in our lives can produce sensitivity to God and His children and the world around us. When we use the lessons we learn to bless those around us we are using the struggle to bless other strugglers.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.
II Corinthians 1:2-5

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