Once we have identified what we are experiencing in difficult times as a spiritual struggle, how can we prepare ourselves to grow from it?
- Honestly express your emotions to God. We may be hesitant to talk with God about what we are really feeling, but God can handle it! 1 Peter 5:7
- Fight the temptation to run from your distress. The temptation is to try to get back to “normal.” However, you have a “new normal” and God has much for you to learn in the new life.
- Resist trying harder. God may remove you from activity during this time, maybe slowing you down. Rushing back into a life of frantic activity is likely the opposite of what God would want you to do. Rest, solitude, and silence can allow you to hear His voice.
- Seek companions. This is a good time to reach out to spiritually mature friends who are good and patient listeners, who will listen and offer the true voice of God.
- Be faithful, but release your expectations. We need to let go of our expectations regarding how God may or may not respond to us.
- Be patient with yourself and with God. These periods can last for months or longer. The deeper changes at which God may be aiming take time. Pray for eyes to see inklings of the stronger future God is bringing about.
- Call to mind God’s faithfulness. Recalling His provision and leading in the past can steady us in disorienting times. Hold on to the truth you know: “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6