|Deb Myers - Wife of Pastor Mike Myers|
Have you ever wondered why your life took the path that it did? Ever wish you had “do-overs”? Ever questioned certain events or why some people ever crossed your path? Struggled with choices and consequences?
This is what 2 Corinthians 1 says; (verses 3 & 4) – “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” (verses 8b & 9) – “We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.” (verses 10 & 11) – “He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.”
Let’s break down the 3 reasons why we struggle with things of life.
1. So we can relate and be a comfort to others. I look back and see low self-esteem, weight struggles, eating disorder, alcohol, and date rape and wonder how I could’ve avoided all that. I wasn’t supposed to. How can I relate to any of those issues unless I’ve lived them? God in His wisdom (thank heaven, not mine) knew where I was headed and who I would come in contact with. His plan is always perfect. It all made me who I am today and I wouldn’t change that!
2. To realize that it’s God who changes and rescues us – not ourselves. I tried for a while to take care of things on my own but as we say many times to people stuck in denial “How’s that working for ya?” It wasn’t and not until I turned it all over to Christ by praying to receive him on July 13, 1983 did I realize the truth and the freedom that came with that.
3. To give God all the praise and glory. He is our deliverer, healer, comforter, shepherd, father, the same yesterday, today and forever. I need to keep searching and learning from His Word and through
prayer and to
practice Psalm 46:10 – “Be still and know that I am God.” Not to say that there
haven’t been struggles and pain but there is a peace that passes understanding
that permeates it all. I’ve learned to
turn to Him in all circumstances for guidance, reassurance, and the ever
present love and forgiveness.
Now I see clearly why we go through the things we do. It all happens for a reason…God is in control and will never waste a hurt. Keep your eyes fixed on Him – He knows your path much better than you do!