A Trouble-Free Life?

Maybe you had the impression that all your problems were going to go away the minute you received Jesus as your Savior, or at least that life would get a lot easier. You have felt His comfort and care, but you still face many of the same daily struggles. Maybe you have even more troubles than before, or a whole new set of them.

“Why, God?!” you may protest. “I thought You were going to solve my problems!” Just when you hoped you had found the cure to all your ills, you find out that’s not exactly the way it works. You still have to contend with obstacles and problems, setbacks and sorrows. But while it may seem that much is the same, what has changed is that you now have help.

“Where there is a will, there is a way,” the familiar saying goes. That’s true in a sense, but it leaves out the one all-important factor: you need God! You need His power and strength, and you received His promise of that ever-present help when you asked Jesus into your life.

So if you have financial headaches, or health worries, or find yourself in an emotionally trying situation, don’t despair. If you have problems in your marriage, or in your relationships with your parents or children or friends or boss or coworkers, don’t despair! If you feel doomed to struggle for the rest of your life because of your social status, or lack of education or job skills, or whatever, don’t despair! If you are physically impaired, don’t despair! If you’re not happy with yourself because you feel you’ll never be as smart or as beautiful or as handsome or as charming as you wish you were, don’t despair! If loved ones or friends just don’t understand or don’t agree with your newfound faith, don’t despair! Jesus will get you through every difficulty and help you solve every problem—if you will let Him.

While your circumstances may not change—at least not immediately—God can help you rise above circumstances. If the obstacles won’t move out of your way, He’ll help you go over or under or around them. He may not take away all your troubles, but He will bring you through them.

The Christian’s life doesn’t get easier; it gets better. How wonderful that life can be once you have learned to use God’s power and grace to help you overcome the obstacles! Stumbling blocks become stepping stones. Wings are fashioned out of weights. You can gracefully rise above the daily problems, afflictions, and hardships of life. Obstacles are for overcoming!

God hath not promised
Skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways,
All our lives thru’.
God hath not promised
Sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow,
Peace without pain.
God hath not promised
That we shall not know
Toil and temptation,
Trouble and woe;
He hath not told us
We shall not bear
Many a burden,
Many a care.
God hath not promised
Smooth roads and wide,
Swift, easy travel,
Needing no guide;
Never a mountain,
Rocky and steep,
Never a river
Turbid and deep.
But God hath promised
Strength for the day,
Rest for the labor,
Light for the way,
Grace for the trials,
Help from above,
Unfailing sympathy,
Undying love.
—Annie Johnson Flint
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