The Struggle is Real

Struggle bus: used to metaphorically describe a difficult situation (Urban Dictionary)

Christian living, taking up your cross daily–Struggle bus status.

The struggle is real yall, the struggle is real.

BUT, good news is, the struggle bus seats are padded and its destination is growth and glorification of Christ.

Romans 5:3-4 says, “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.”

Rejoice when we run into problems. That’s a pretty bold statement. I understand seeing growth and looking at the positive side and remembering that God has a plan for your life and so on and so forth, but REJOICE in problems? As in “to show or feel that you are very happy about something” (Merriam-Webster)??

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That’s a hard concept to grasp.

It says this exact thing again in James 1. “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great jou. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.” James 1:2-3. Later in that chapter in verse 12 it state that God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation.

I guess the question we need to be asking ourselves is how are we going to handle life when it comes at us fast and quick or throws us a curve ball? Are we going to choose to rejoice in it for we know that God is giving us the chance to grow or are we going to come unhinged and let it throw us off our game?

The comforting thing about all of this is that these times when it does feel like the world’s crashing down and nothing is going right, and we feel utterly helpless as Romans 5:6 describes, God will show up at just the right time! He has shown his great love by sending His son to die for us (yes that means you person sitting on the other side of this screen reading this-YOU). Not only that, but we have been made friends of God.

“For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.” -Romans 5:10-11

Wait, hold the phone…friend of God?!? Like the dude who created the world, gave his son to save our lives and chooses to love this hot mess has sent me a friend request??

By definition, a friend is one attached to another, one that is not hostile, a favored companion or a person whom one knows and with whom one has a bond of mutual affection.
So breaking that down-God is attached to us as we are to him, God is never hostile to us, but instead loves us, he should be our most favored companion, God knew us before he even formed us in the womb and we are learning and getting to know him and there is a mutual affectionate bond present. Oh snap! Paul was right when he wrote Romans, we a friend of God. (Talk about celebrity friendship man, geesh).

Because of this friendship, we are saved when we trip and fall and screw up, which let’s be real, we have done, are doing and will continue to do for the rest of our lives. The cool thing is, that yes way back in the day, Adam sinned, causing a domino effect on the rest of mankind, but as it says in Romans 5: 19, despite one person’s disobedience, many became sinners, but because another person obeyed, we will all be made righteous. (Shout out-thank ya Jesus!!)

To sum all this up we turn to Romans 5:21-“So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Despite our sin being great, God’s grace is more abundant. Through Jesus dying, we were given God’s grace and friendship. Although we sin time and time again, his grace still covers us. We are given times of trial and struggle because we need it to grow. God gives you these opportunities to let him shine in you when you’re tested, and to make your skin a little thicker so that you can handle life that much more successfully.

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The struggle may be real and you may be a frequent passenger of the struggle bus. I for one have been this semester. Pretty sure I have an assigned seat, I’m like the crazy bus lady, but God has pushed me and grown me more than other time in my life this semester, and it’s pretty great. He’s shown me how much I can handle, taught me about myself, pushed me in school, pushed me as I’ve been intentional with people and being a disciple and disciple maker, and revealed himself to me as I’ve been near the point of unhinging because stress. So to my fellow strugglers, I say power to ya! You got this! I’ll be praying for you and I encourage you to take a little peak at Romans 5:11 every now and again.

Thanks for the read! Have a fantabulous Friday readers, love yall! 🙂

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