Scriptural Coping in Modern Struggles

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“Fear not, for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My right hand of rightness and justice.” (Isaiah 41:10, AMP)

 Sometimes life can be so discouraging. Friends or family say things not knowing the real situation or understanding the hardship you face from day to day from health issues, mental health struggles, or other situations.

Neighbors and work peers endlessly tend to judge by what they see on the surface rather than understanding the greatest issues lie hidden deep within. This scripture deals with fear, but  could amply be applied to coping with cruelty others dish out, wrongs imposed on us by others, hardships we face due to others spreading gossip, belittling our hard work, or even promoting their own agenda. We inevitably will suffer in every way no matter what, but being able to rise above and beyond comes from the strength or resolve to be sustained by the God we cherish. His love and care makes it easier. Remembering the rules keeps you free from the hardships others fall pray to. The hope of better and knowing we are never truly alone gives us courage. Finally the privilege of communication with the sovereign of the universe –  His very name means He who causes to become – makes life more bearable.

Each day for me is a struggle and this is not a complaint – it is sharing a reality. Between the muscle disease, the mental issues,TBI effects that linger, medication side effects, it crowds in from time to time. I hear the commentary from well meaning judgmental people. It is good they do not understand for if they did they would be suffering also. Thankfully, the God I love so much promises to “harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with – My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.” MJM

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