The struggle between the flesh and the spirit is real. The challenge to believe or not to believe is real and strong. The need to be at peace and content in a world that seeks more and more is ever present. No place or amount is good enough because we are never really fulfilled. What does it take to enjoy the day and be happy that you have what you need? Do our wants really define who we are? Do they help us in the long run? The focus on everything going smooth for a long period has some in distress. How long must we struggle to attain the things we need as opposed to the things we want?
These questions raised by my adult children with the challenges we currently face were brought to light by them in some of the situations we have been facing. “This too shall pass” was not encouraging to them. The answer is that only God knows the time length of your struggle. We want now right now. Have we brought up a generation that doesn’t understand that life is about living through the challenges? That the challenges are there to help you understand who you are. The challenges give you a better understanding of your strength and tenacity. The knowledge of your soul has been bought with a price, Jesus Christ.
In reading some of the opinions of those who believe there is no God and debate over doctrinal things with dogma, it is necessary to understand that the relationship with God is about the soul. God created all things, including those who believe He doesn’t exist. I refuse to argue this point. That said, those two thought processes have been around for the last couple days. The place I arrive at is that God is who He is, and that His Son died so that I could have eternal life. That my soul is taken care of. Everything else is temporary including our bodies and our opinions.
In living this life with up days, down days and even those in between, note all is relative short of the fact that God has all the answers. We will never have all the answers. Personally, I don’t care too. Having the responsibility of every soul is a job that I would not want. I am just grateful that He has mine. Empathy for what my children feel is strong and real. My children said to me that if God has me challenged in this way because they believe I am child of God, what hope do they have. I wanted to pray when this conversation started but they were quite disturbed. I waited and talked to God in my heart. I just listened. I believe they needed to go ahead and feel what they were feeling. Another friend initiated the prayer as I was obedient to the Holy Spirit.
Considering the last six months and the various as well as hard challenges we have faced, I see that God is still faithful. One situation right after another has occurred. My hope is that when my children get my age they will be able to say the same thing, that God is faithful. My prayer is that my children will have grown in the wisdom and knowledge of God to keep standing. I would like to point out that in the times of emotional vulnerability, the enemy takes advantage. I would not have been able to see and listen had I not been there myself.
All that said, I count all things loss if it is Him I gain.