Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
(Paul wrote this while in prison. Oh, how small most of our troubles seem in comparison!)
Last week I wrote a short article about complaining and being “real.” That’s easier said than done, I heard in reply. And I totally get that. How are we as Christian ladies supposed to always find joy in our work? Isn’t that too much to ask?
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
2 Corinthians 12:9
Finding joy always is too difficult for our small human brains to comprehend. We cannot do it on our own. We need Christ, and His grace. When we are weak, He is strong. His power will rest on us and give us the strength to be joyful when we cannot do it on our own. Praise Him for that!
Motherhood is tough sometimes. It is hard work. We need to keep focused on the fact that it is kingdom work that we are doing for the glory of God. When we look at it in this light, joyfulness suddenly comes a bit easier.
What about being “real” about my struggles? Is there anyone we can be real with?
Absolutely. We can be upfront and totally real with God.
Hear my prayer, LORD, listen to my cry for help; do not be deaf to my weeping.
Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.
Sometimes it seems easier to complain to our sisters instead of praying to our Father. We lack joy and look to others to hold us up, instead of turning to God. If God uses others to help us during times of need, but how will we know if this help is from God or man if we do not seek Him first and continuously? After all, Jesus is our wonderful counselor!
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
What about complaining or grumbling to those around us? Biblically, I do not see anything to support this view. Let’s let God do His work in us, and then we can really let everyone around us know about His goodness, His sufficiency, and His grace when we are on the other side of our struggle. When the world sees our joy, we become lights for Him!