My devotional book, What a Great Word focuses on one word each day from Scripture that you might want to study, or contemplate.  Struggle is the word for today, because that’s what my own life has felt like for the past few months.  Maybe you can relate. You spend endless hours praying, worrying, wondering, trying to fix things, and yet, nothing changes. You put up the white flag of surrender  to God though, believing that the answers will come soon. You do your best to keep your chin up and trust that God has your back.  So here’s the excerpt from the new book:

Struggle is an equal opportunity player. It doesn’t care what you do for a living or where you build a home. It doesn’t care how educated you are or how many children you have. It doesn’t even care if you go to church Sunday after Sunday or simply visit on key holidays. It’s there for you, or perhaps it’s there because of you.

Struggle comes to each of us as a contender, as a boxer in the ring. It brags about its winning abilities to taunt you into fighting, to get you into the arena where it competes. We know this because struggle is not coming first and foremost from the job you have, the family dynamic you live in, or the people in your neighborhood. It’s coming straight from the wily One who prowls the Earth. It comes to you to test you and make you question the authority of the absolute power of God. It’s spiritual warfare that attempts to whittle away at your heart and mind and soul until you simply feel lost.

You may struggle to pay your bills, or to lose weight, or to find a great job, or any number of other life situations, but remember that no matter what it looks like on the surface, it’s really a challenge to distract you from God’s love and grace. It is an attempt to get you out of God’s hand. It’s a massive effort to keep you tied up in knots, focused on yourself. It works to keep your eyes off God, the One who can truly help you. This is not your day to struggle, though. It’s your day to win! Give God thanks and praise that you are tightly held in His powerful hands. Let the struggles go and be at peace.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12, NIV