At least once a week, I hear this phrase: “I’m just really struggling with… (fill in the blank).” And I typically respond with, “Are you? Really?”
Don’t get me wrong. I know there are times in our walks with God when we are really and truly struggling with sin or doubt. But I wonder if sometimes we’re using the word “struggle” incorrectly.
See, “struggling” indicates a fight of some sort. In order to “struggle” with something, you must be actively involved in trying to get out or away from the thing that you’re struggling with. If I told you I struggled with a bobcat, you’d expect to see some scratches on me. When the police say there were “no signs of a struggle,” you know no one fought off an attacker.
We use the phrase “struggling with sin and doubt” as though we’re actually fighting against it. So I have to ask again…Are you? Read more