When Life Sends You Reeling

December 2

“For the enemy has persecuted my soul,
he has crushed my life to the ground,
he has made me dwell in darkness,
like those who have long been dead.
Therefore my spirit is overwhelmed within me;
my heart within me is distressed.”
Psalm 143:3-4

Every believer is going to walk through times so painful that it will cause him to stagger. He feels absolutely crushed, and it seems like all is darkness around him. He is overwhelmed.

Why is this so?

Well, for two reasons. First, Satan does all he can to destroy the believer. Sometimes the believer is brought down to where he is totally helpless. He staggers under the weight of the pain that engulfs him.

The second reason is that there are things we need to learn and the only way we can learn them is through suffering. Suffering changes everything. It sobers one up. The lessons learned through suffering are deep and profound, and the believer will never be the same afterwards.

There are no trials in heaven, so what we learn and to what extent we grow can take place only here.You can’t learn unconditional love unless there is someone in your life who is hard to love. You can’t learn patience unless there is something God has promised you but a lot of time passes and you see no promise fulfilled.

So how does one walk in times of great suffering? It’s a time to go back and refresh your mind in the stories you might have forgotten. Remembering what the Lord did in those stories will refresh one’s knowledge that we never, EVER, walk through the stories of our lives alone.

Vs 5-6:
“I remember the days of old,
I meditate on all your works;
I muse on the work of your hands.
I spread out my hands to you,
my soul longs for you like a thirsty land.”