Most of us have heard the Lynn Anderson song, Never Promised You a Rose Garden . Yet we go through life believing that if we do our best, we should always have the best, never experiencing hardship or ‘tough times.’ The matter is amplified for those who trust Christ as our guide. I mean, if we are under the protection of the Great Almighty, wouldn’t that mean we have someone in our corner who keeps us from harm? Doesn’t his grace keep us from the hardships that the ‘ sinners’ of this world struggle with? If not, then what is the use of God with us in the first place?
God With Us
The truth is that we live in a fallen world. Adam and Eve’s original sin saw to that. And because of sin being in the world, we are doomed to struggle with life in general. But we have the means to overcome the internal and external battles we face. We have several. First, we have God’s Word, the Bible. We can always find answers there. Second, we have prayer. Talking to God can give us insight and a peace when needed. And third, we have each other. Friends, family, and other godly counsel can lead us to the comfort we seek. These three often work together to guide us through the hard times we face.
The Struggles We Face
As I mentioned, a life with Christ will not always be a well-beaten path. If you know me, you know that I’ve struggled quite a bit over my life, but I have been a follower of Christ since I was young. I was born into the church. So, I am living proof that even one walking a life in Christ will not always find a smooth path and that life can keep you on your toes. You can also see it when you read the Bible. In fact, I have it easy compared to many Biblical accounts of men who followed the Lord, namely Paul. You could definitely say he never sat in a rose garden or ever got close to one.
The Difficulties We Go Through
So, what do we do? I read so much on social media about those that discount Christ and slam Him every chance they get. They poke at those who profess the Lord hoping that they will take a stand, then unload on them until they are unable to respond accurately and use that as a way of saying that the person is uneducated and that is the reason God is not real. These moments usually stem from…