God's Help When You Struggle
By Roger Cook, Topeka Presbyterian Manor chaplain
On Easter, billions of people worldwide celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ – the most important day of the year for the Christian community. Christians believe Jesus Christ was crucified, died, was buried, and rose from the dead. This act of selfless, sacrificial love for humanity is at the heart of Christianity. Through Jesus Christ's suffering, death, and resurrection, we are saved from sin and have hope both in this life and in the life to come.
Over the past year, people around the world have endured immeasurable amounts of suffering. Many have tragically lost or been separated from loved ones due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Others have battled addiction, financial hardship, homelessness, or disease. Anxiety, fear, depression, and isolation have plagued the lives of so many.
Yet Jesus Christ's death on the cross reminds us that we are not alone in enduring hardship and challenges. From the cross, Jesus expressed his love for us and his understanding of our sorrows and pain. And His resurrected presence in our lives sustains us and gives us hope. Therefore, we do not have to be afraid! We can be at peace (John 14:27).
Questions to consider
1. What are some promises from God that are helpful to you when you struggle?
2. What problem or circumstance in your life have you been reluctant to entrust to God?
3. What practical steps can you take to spend more time with God?
4. When do you feel closest to God?
Prayer: Dear Lord, in the midst of my sufferings bring me the peace of your presence. Then I will lay down my weary head and rest securely in your unfailing love. Amen.
Additional Thoughts for Meditation
Psalm 23:4,6 – Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.