If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
– Frederick Douglass
Struggle – To contend with an adversary or opposing force.
Struggle is a part of our life. We know that we can’t go through life without it, but how do we minimize the probability of going through any type of struggle? That’s an impossible question.
One of the things I’ve learned in life is if there’s no struggle, there’s something wrong. The more trouble the saints have, we know that we’re doing something right. How do we know that the struggle is or isn’t from the Lord?
When the Lord has given us a promise, be sure to expect a problem to occur. The enemy is working overtime trying to hold back any blessing that the Lord has planned for us. But know that if we stay firm in Him, there will always be a provision.
Then, there are times that we get complacent and the Lord wants to take us to the next step. Watch out! Because if you’re not doing what you were supposed to do and are disobedient to His Word, struggle will come. Not because He wants to hurt us, but because He wants the best for us.
Then, there are times that struggle will come not for your own growth, but for the growth of someone else.
1 Corinthians 10:11 (KJV)
Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
In whatever form struggle comes your way, remember to ask the Lord for guidance, strength, endurance, and patience to get you through the process. When it’s followed His way, you will never consider the struggle a negative part of your life. It will be viewed as an experience needed to move you forward in His plan.
Frederick Douglass, the author of the quote, knew firsthand struggles of life. He was born a slave, never knowing his parents, and raised by his grandmother. By the time he was twelve and through various opportunities, he was able to learn to read and write. Many times, what he learned was in hiding because being a slave and literate was an impossible combination. But he was determined to beat the odds and continued his education; at any time he could have given up. He received many scoldings and beatings when it was discovered he was reading and writing, but it didn’t stop him. He was persistent to continue the path of expecting a better life. He eventually escaped and arrived in New York City as a free man and became a leading spokesperson for the abolition of slavery and for racial equality.
Just as Frederick pushed through all the adversities to make a difference in life, we, too, need to push through our struggles and know that there will be better days that will outweigh the bad ones.
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