I Can’t Do This Anymore…
We’ve all said and felt these words in some form, ‘I am so tired’ ‘I can’t seem to move on’ ‘I can’t live through this anymore’ ‘Why me?’
Life is NOT supposed to be easy, but yet we find ourselves living each day with expectation to float along without a hiccup. Take Romans 5 for example, “And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance, and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out with our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”Try telling this to someone right in the middle of their deep pit of despair.
So, how do we, in our despair and struggle, remind ourselves that in the midst of our tribulation is a great reward, perseverance, character, hope, and the presence of the Holy Spirit?
I’m still trying to figure this one out, but I’ve noticed that certain daily habits can help in hindering the lies of the evil one as he tries to pull us farther and deeper into our despair. One of these habits include, an attitude of prayer and by this, I mean in every thought, feeling and word. 1 Thessalonians says, “Rejoice always, Pray continually,give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”Let’s focus on the suggestion to pray continually. A few verses earlier in chapter 5, Paul urges us to acknowledge those who care for us, who work hard among us and to hold them in high regard, he also asks of us to encourage the disheartened, help the weakand to be PATIENTwith everyone. Wooohh… patient with everyone??? Even the annoying semi driver who cut you off and made you slow down to 60km (this happened to me the other day, I was not impressed, and certainly not patient) Or the person in your line at Walmart who runs away from the till to grab one thing, and comes back 5 minutes later? Patience is not something that comes easy to me and this friends, is where Praying Continually is a necessity. Whether we are losing patience with a loved one, or we’re drowning in hopelessness from our circumstances, praying continually through these trials CAN pull us up and straight into the arms of Jesus, because as we look to Him in every circumstance we will start to see Him when good and bad situations arise.
It's also necessary to take a step back, after a difficult circumstance, and see it a little clearer. To understand the reason for it and to find the lesson and encouragement in it all. But in the midst of this battle, there seems to be no answers, no light at the end of the tunnel, no help. I hope that during these times of deep, deep despair, you would run to Jesus. Pray continually, find His face in your hurting. Cry out to Him, let Him hear your pain.
He will be near in the joy of a new morning, and even in the hurt of the night.