My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip. PSALM 121:2-3 (NIV)
Life is a struggle. It is also an adventure. Like climbing a rock face, it is a dangerous business. But it is magnificently worth it. There will be moments of triumph as you conquer some dangerous part of the climb. But there’s always another challenge ahead.
The entire Christian life is spent on the rock face, and one day you’ll stand at the summit, but not until you’re with Jesus.
Some of us have been Christians for years. We’ve made some progress, but we’re still climbing. The most dangerous place for any climber is when you think it’s getting easier. It’s possible to climb the most difficult face, and then get careless and slip.
If you’re a new Christian, you might think that someone you look up to (a Christian for many years) bounces out of bed every morning and spends hours in prayer, knows exactly what to do in every situation, and never struggles with unworthy thoughts. In short, he or she has it a lot easier than you! But actually, the struggle of the Christian life never gets any easier.
The Christian life is a struggle from the moment of your new birth to the moment of your entrance into the presence of Jesus. If you are a climber, it helps to have experience. But experience never takes the struggle out of the climb.
As we look at the Ten Commandments (Ex. 20) together, we’re going to see that these are the ten greatest struggles of our lives. This shouldn’t be surprising. Nobody knows you better than God does. He made you and He knows everything about you, including your struggles.
Did you realize that God knows your greatest struggles?