Ever have one of those days where absolutely everything went awry? Or maybe you’ve had a year or two that you seemed to struggle through and you wondered what in the world was going on.
My husband’s boss said it best the year that both of our fathers passed away, “Man, you’ve had it rough this year. Even your dog died.” Yep, 2010 pretty much sucked.
Thankfully, years like that don’t happen all of the time. However, having a bad day here and there is a completely different story. But, do we know how to handle them?
Bad days are inevitable and I often wonder if I’m actually under attack by the evil powers that be. I have good reason to believe this because the Bible actually refers to this happening! WHAT?!?!?! Don’t we have enough to worry about without being beat up by malicious mayhem? Grrr….
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, … Ephesians 6:10-18
It’s no secret that the world is full of death, divorce, financial disaster, illness, war, famine, natural disasters, wicked people and much more garbage; so, none of us should be shocked if we come into contact with one of these at any time during our lives.
If they haven’t yet, our day is coming. And they may be more than just one day…in multiple years. THANKS FOR THE GOOD NEWS, MEG. Sigh.
Have we prepared ourselves to handle these crises?
- Will we melt in fear?
- Will we worry ourselves sick?
- Will we become angry and resentful?
- Will we blame God?
- Will we be strong enough to handle the worst?
These are all valid concerns. We will also probably do ALL of them because…WE ARE HUMAN. We shouldn’t beat ourselves up because we aren’t ‘super humans’ that can handle every tragedy with grace and love.
However, we will be doing ourselves a favor if we remember that God doesn’t want us so wrapped up in worrying about the future that we forget to live today.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Nonetheless, that doesn’t mean we aren’t supposed to prepare our hearts and souls to be tested, crushed, used and abused because guess what? It happens. Man, I wish it didn’t, but it does.
“No one gets out of this world alive” – don’t know who said that but it cracks me up and it says A LOT. For sure, it says that pain for us or people we love is in our future. Can we handle it?
Your answer may surprise you.
I, for one, think we CAN through the blood and strength of Jesus Christ. It may not be pleasant, easy or the road I would like to travel, but I KNOW God’s plans are bigger than mine and He is in control…not me. Ah, shucks!!!
Here’s what God says we should consider during any bad days that lie ahead:
- No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1Corinthians 10:13
- I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
- 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
- For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Romans 8:18
The days to come may not be easy, but don’t rely on your feelings to get through them. We might be attacked by the evil one, but rely on the One that provides the day instead. Ask for His help every second of the day if you have to. Trust that He will lead you through whatever you face and that He LOVES YOU.
Take heart for we were not meant to live forever or with ease. We are to be used by the Heavenly Father for His Will and He will provide for our every need AND the best is yet to come (again, see Romans 8:18)!!
How do you handle the stressful situations of life?
Some Wisdom for Today: Proverbs 22:3 – The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.