Why do we struggle so hard in this profane, shameless culture in which we find ourselves? The answer for followers of Christ is that we are being changed to be more like Christ, but we still look around to see what others are experiencing in their realities.

We want to please God, but we are often misled into believing that it is too much work for too little visible results. We try to do what is right but we seem to be assailed at every turn and in every situation we encounter. All the while, we see unbelievers seemingly prospering all around us.

Proverbs 13:12-14 contains words that ring true, and also offer us help and hope in our struggle

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick; but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life. People who despise advice are asking for trouble; those who respect a command will succeed. The instruction of the wise is like a life-giving fountain; those who accept it avoid the snares of death.”

When our hopes seem to move farther away instead of coming to fulfillment, we struggle to maintain our trust. We ask why. We bargain. We give God ultimatums. Often we forget the great things God has already done and also the things that he has protected us from. Even heart sickness can be overcome by the joy of knowing that ultimately God will answer.

God has left his word, his commands, and his promises for all who follow Christ. The advice contained within the pages of scripture cannot be bested by any human wisdom. God promises success, freedom, blessing, and help for all who live according to his plan and purposes. Those who reject his prompts and requirements are headed for trouble from which there may be no return.

Let us seek to grow in the wisdom and knowledge of Christ, not only to help ourselves in times of trouble, but also that we might help others find life, and health and hope in a personal relationship with God. To spend eternity with God will erase all memory of the struggles, disappointments and calamities that seek to steal our hope and joy here on earth.