I've talked to several people lately who seem to be facing problems and very difficult struggles in their lives. They seem worn down physically, mentally, and emotionally. Some have even seen their faith waiver because their burdens seem so heavy.
The cold, hard truth is that life sometimes takes us through hard places; we face storms and trials and it seems, at times, that the whole world is arrayed against us.
I can only tell them that I have been where they are. Not necessarily the same struggles and trials, but I have been faced with problems that weigh me down emotionally, physically, and even spiritually.
At times like these I have had to remind myself, as I do others, that there is one who knows and understands our feelings at such times and still refuses to hold them against us. In fact, he wants to encourage us and help us, because he faced the same struggles; he went through the same struggles that we go through. Because of his own experiences, he wants to help us, and encourage us, and even embolden us.
Scriptures tell us that Jesus experienced every situation, every trial, and every temptation common to man -- the same ones we face. Through the Spirit of God that dwelt within him, he overcame.
We can rest in the assurance that, even in the midst of our struggles, we are never alone. God, our heavenly father, is ever with us through that same Spirit that helped Jesus through his own hard times, storms, and trials.
Nothing can happen to us that is beyond his ability to help us overcome. He loves us, and cares for us, and has compassion for us. We can trust in him because, as a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on his own.