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What do you struggle with?

Depression? Anger? Envy? Alcohol addition, or drug addiction? Same-sex attraction? Pornography?

We are human … we ALL struggle. Sometimes it can be so discouraging to try to see an end to our struggle; to imagine a day when we won’t have to wake up and face “that” battle again.

I do believe that sometimes, God helps us to completely overcome and delivers us from something we have struggled with.

But other times, I think it is like Paul who prayed for something to be removed but God allowed it to remain, like a thorn.

There are some very encouraging passages in the Bible that have helped me greatly to find balance; to not become too discouraged or to sink into despair.

The first is found in Exodus 16 where “manna” is the topic. God provided manna each morning – enough to feed all of the Israelites; all they had to do was to go gather it. They were warned not to try to store it up, however … it would spoil if they did. So each morning, fresh manna.

I think that is very sweet, and it’s easy to see how this would be a good way to teach people to wait on the Lord and not look too far ahead; what we need is provided each day.

Along with that is one of my favorite passages in the Bible; it is something I held tightly to through my darkest time of depression:

My soul is deprived of peace, I have forgotten what happiness is;
I tell myself my future is lost, all that I hoped for from the LORD.
The thought of my homeless poverty is wormwood and gall;
Remembering it over and over leaves my soul downcast within me.
But I will call this to mind, as my reason to have hope:
The favors of the LORD are not exhausted, his mercies are not spent;
They are renewed each morning, so great is his faithfulness.
My portion is the LORD, says my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
Good is the LORD to one who waits for him, to the soul that seeks him;
It is good to hope in silence for the saving help of the LORD.
Lamentations 3:17-26


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