Kennedy Lane is a Junior at Grand Canyon University and currently studying professional writing with a minor in business. She aspires to combine her love for writing and editing into a job in the journalism or publishing industry. In her free time, you can find writing at a local coffee shop while sipping on a latte or laughing with her friends. She believes that everyone can be creative and has something to offer the world.
Weekly Devotional: Having Faith Does Not Mean Things Will Be Easy
“For nothing will be impossible with God.” – Luke 1:37
There are so many difficulties in life and we are constantly going through trials and tribulations no matter if they are big or small. Sometimes we feel like we will never get through a certain situation or never complete a task because they seem impossible. However, nothing is impossible with God by your side.
Life Is Hard
Life was never meant to be easy. The older we get, the harder life gets. Nobody has life figured out completely and nobody gets through life easily. We all have struggles. We may not have the same struggles, but we all have our own things to get through. We deal with sickness, loss of loved ones, financial problems and so many other things and it is never easy. We all have to go through school and graduate and find jobs and try to figure out what we want to do with our lives and who we want to spend it with. We are always worrying about the future and trying to predict what the future holds, but that is impossible and something that only God knows.
“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you” – 1 Peter 5:10
You Will Have Struggles
You will go through hard times. Life is completely unpredictable. Once you think that you have something figured out, life throws you a curve ball and will knock you off your path and you have to take a completely different route. You will struggle, no matter if it is physically or emotionally, it will happen at some point and it will happen more than once.
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” – James1:2-4
In every life situation, good or bad, we have to learn to trust God. When life is good and everything is going right, we often forget to thank God for what he is doing in our lives and giving us the good things. The moment that things take a turn and we run into obstacles, we go running to God asking him for help and pleading for him to lead our path. Instead of doing this in difficult times, we should be running to him at all times, no matter if they are good or bad, this will strengthen your relationship with him.
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28
Nobody is Perfect
People will try to deceive you and make it seem like they have life all figured out, but they do not. Nobody is perfect and nobody is living their life exactly the way they are trying to portray. Social media is what everyone documents their life on, but they only show the good parts, which makes people believe their lives are perfect. Nobody shows their imperfections or messy times of their lives. They use filters to cover up their flaws to make their lives seem better on social media than they are in reality.
“All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.” – Isaiah 64:6
Do not get discouraged when times are tough. Anything is possible with God, he will get you through the hard times if you let him. Trust in him, but know life’s journey may not be easy but it will be worth the struggle.
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