We often tell God, “Take away our burdens; bear ours!” But He says, “If you really want to know My heart and fulfill My plan, bear one another’s burdens.”
“Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:1-2).
When we start to help each other, we’re starting to fulfill the very plan of God. Will we start to help one another through difficulties? When we do, we start to grasp the heart of Christ and this is what fulfills the law of God.
What are some of the things we need to consider when we’re going trough difficulties? If we understand them, then we will be able to help others.
We should seek balance because everyone goes through problems. You have to have a balanced perspective because sometimes, we go through difficulties with the wrong idea. We think, “I am the only one; nobody else goes through these types of problems.”
Of course others have these types of problems! It’s a normal part of life.
“Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you” (1 Pet. 4:12).
In fact, the Bible says, “All those who wish to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”
In the beginning, God made us in His image, but this was just a potential design. In order to look like Him, God says that everyone will have to go through a measure of affliction. There are certain character qualities that will only be given to you or released to you through the furnace of affliction. You have to go this by the way of suffering, affliction or experiencing difficulties because the Lord sees what His design is for you.
Problems may stop you temporarily, but only you can stop yourself permanently. We are going to suffer for the right reasons and we are going to suffer in life, but just keep pressing forward. Don’t look back. God is more interested in what lies before you than what lies behind you. Regardless of how many things we go through and struggle with, keep pressing forward.
Seek Learning, Not Leisure
When we take responsibilities for our problems, we’re going to learn from them. God is taking us through these difficulties in order for us to become the kind of people that He wants us to be. He wants us to be able to sustain the design and the promises that He has planned before time ever began. He knows the character qualities that are necessary in order for us to get there. So when we experience the difficulties, we should say, “Lord, what do I need to learn?”
All of us will go through difficulties, but if you’ll seek learning rather than leisure, it will help you to go through them. Remember, failure is not when you encounter difficulties; failure is when you choose not to learn from them. God is more interested in our development than our difficulties. Never think that a problem is unsolvable.
Seek Likeness, Not Always Resolution
If you’re able to endure and survive through the difficulty, God’s goal is for you to ultimately find yourself looking more like Him.
“You must display a new nature because you are a new person, created in God’s likeness — righteous, holy and true” (Eph. 4:24).
We can say, “Lord, I may not be able to control what others should do, but I can direct my heart toward looking more like You.” This is how God refines us.
Sometimes God takes us through rough times because He knows the image He has for our life. God knows that the only way to remove the dross in our lives is for us to come through the heat and make changes inside of us.
“… And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like Him and reflect His glory even more” (2 Cor. 3:18).
This is God’s plan for the church. When we understand God’s ways, we can cooperate with Him until we become the people He designed us to be, with all the character and likeness to sustain His promises for our future.