- Jacob Wittneben
Seeing God in the Struggle
I think I speak on behalf of most of my peers, as well as myself, when I say that this past season has been a tough one. In 2020, everyone’s plans were flipped completely upside-down. People have cancelled big trips, lost jobs, loved ones have passed away… the list goes on and on. For me, personally, it has pushed me to sometimes look up at God and simply ask, “why?...”
In the Psalms, we see David (along with the other writers) do this frequently as they lament before God during their times of suffering. At first glance, it can seem odd as it appears as if they are challenging who God is and questioning His authority. However, what it really shows are devoted followers of God seeking Him out to be their “refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).
Throughout 2020, there has likely been a great amount of doubt and hopelessness my fellow believers have been struggling with. It has potentially been difficult to see God working in the midst of the struggle. I can certainly relate to that. However, something that has encouraged me recently is something I heard on a podcast addressing this issue. On this podcast, one of the speakers encouraged the listeners by reminding them that,
“As soon as we discover we have a problem, God has already been working on it, and the solution is on the way.”
This message, along with the encouragement of God’s word, has reminded me that God is always doing a good work for His people. We just need to continually seek Him, trust Him, and continue to put our hope in Christ alone. With that, it helped me gain a healthier perspective during this difficult season, focusing more on the good ways God is working and less on the negative aspects of the world around us.
So, as we go into 2021, I want to encourage all believers reading this with that same message. That despite the many challenges we might face throughout this year, whatever problem arises, God already has the solution in mind. Like David, let us continually seek God more as we all go through this season together. And remember that He is always doing a good work, and we can have hope in the fact that “…in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have
been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)