Some people just seem to have it all together. Finances. Possessions. Relationships. Yet a more careful examination reveals we all have struggles even if some are not as visible to others.
I still have a tendency to view great men and women of faith through this rose-tinted lens. Sure I know they had struggles, I read about them in the Scriptures. Yet in my awe of them I tend to quickly slide past their troubles to focus on their victories.
Today God paused me in the 55th Psalm to settle into a struggle David walked through. David was my teacher through his words-
“If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were raising himself against me, I could hide from him. But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend, with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship as we walked with the throng at the house of God.” Psalm 55: 12-14
David soared to great heights of power and prestige as God’s chosen King of Israel. Yet David also knew deep pain. In the passage, David pours out the hurt endured at his friend’s betrayal. The offense was very personal thus very painful. Yet even in this David continued to hold on to God and ended the chapter with the words-
“But as for me, I trust in you.” Psalm 55:23
Friend, sometimes life is so very hard and seems to kick us extra hard when we are down. The pain can be intense especially when it hits so close to our hearts. Know you are not alone. No matter how perfect someone else’s life may appear, they too know hurt and struggles. This knowledge should push us to show greater kindness to all those we come in contact with.
Lord, I want to walk as David did holding on and trusting you even when life is hard. Be my guide, my strength, and my friend. Give me more love for others. Amen