These things don’t come without struggle and sacrifice.
Reference: “The woman proceeded to do as the man of God said. She and her family went away and stayed in the land of the Philistines seven years.” 2 Kings 8:2 NIV
Explore: I recently read an article that helped people discern what they wanted in life. Although instead of stating the question: What do you want? it asked the question: What are you willing to struggle for?
We all want lots of money, amazing friends, a wonderful family and a fulfilling job. But these things don’t come without struggle and sacrifice.
For us to achieve anything significant we have to be willing to give something up and work hard at something else.
Application: The woman who Elisha helped in 2 Kings 4 was about to experience trouble again. Elisha knew there would be famine in the land for seven years and so he told her to leave.
Did this woman want food and security for her family? Yes. Did she want to move away and set up a new life for seven years? Unlikely. In fact, as soon as the seven years were over she came straight back.
And yet she goes and takes on the struggle for the sake of the greater thing that she wants – health for her family.
What do you want? What are you willing to struggle through to get it?
Just because we follow an all-powerful, ever-generous God does not mean everything just lands in our lap. We need to be willing to struggle so we can grow and achieve.
Prayer: Lord, You know the desire of our hearts. You also know the fears that hold us back. Give us Your courage and strength to endure the struggles we may face. Amen.
What are you willing to struggle for?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.