Ever struggled and wondered how long it is going to last?

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In the labyrinth of life, there inevitably come moments when the weight of struggle presses heavily upon us, leaving us to wonder how long our trials will endure. Whether it be the challenges of fatherhood, the complexities of marriage, or the uncertainties of our careers, the journey is often marked by seasons of difficulty. In the midst of such trials, it is natural to question when relief will come, and how long we must endure. Yet, as we delve into the timeless truths of Scripture, we find solace in the assurance that God’s timing is perfect, and His promises steadfast.

Trusting in God’s Timing Amidst Struggle

During times of struggle, it is tempting to succumb to impatience and doubt, yearning for immediate relief from our burdens. However, Isaiah 40:31 reminds us, “But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Here, amidst the clamor of our anxieties and uncertainties, lies a profound truth: God’s timing transcends our understanding. As fathers grapple with the challenges of their roles, they are called to trust in the sovereignty of God’s perfect timing, knowing that He is faithful to sustain them through every trial.

Finding Hope in God’s Promises

In the crucible of struggle, it is easy to lose sight of the promises that God has spoken over our lives. Yet, Psalm 30:5 assures us, “For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” Here, amidst the darkness of our trials, shines a beacon of hope: God’s promises endure, even in the face of adversity. As fathers wrestle with the uncertainties of their circumstances, they are beckoned to anchor their faith in the unchanging promises of God. For in His faithfulness, they find assurance that joy will indeed come in the morning, dispelling the shadows of despair.

Embracing Growth Through Struggle

While the duration of our struggles may remain unknown, their purpose is not without significance. Romans 5:3-4 declares, “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.” Thus, amidst the trials of fatherhood and beyond, every struggle serves as a crucible for growth and transformation. As fathers navigate the depths of their challenges, they are called to embrace the refining work of God’s hand, knowing that He works all things together for their good. Through steadfast perseverance and unwavering faith, they emerge from the crucible of struggle, refined as vessels of honor, bearing testimony to the faithfulness of their Heavenly Father.

Clinging to Hope: Trusting God’s Timing in the Midst of Struggle

In the throes of struggle, it is natural to yearn for relief and clarity, questioning how long our trials will endure. Yet, as fathers lean into the timeless truths of Scripture, they find solace in the assurance that God’s timing is perfect, and His promises unwavering. Let us therefore anchor our faith in the unchanging character of our Heavenly Father, trusting in His sovereign plan even amidst the darkest of trials. For in the fullness of time, He will indeed bring forth beauty from ashes, joy from mourning, and strength from struggle.

Today’s Devotional:

This year, I am utilizing the 365 Daily Devotions book I received for Christmas, applying its teachings specifically in the context of fatherhood. It’s called WALKING WITH GOD by DAVID JEREMIAH. It’s exciting to get to learn from a new resource this year as we have tried different options the past two years and will keep working through this one for 2024. For more information about the author and his ministry, visit: DavidJeremiah.org.


Verse: Psalms 13:1 (NLT)

O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way?

Technology causes us to become impatient in waiting

Today’s Devotional kicks off speaking of ways technology is helping to accelerate communication and attempt to remove delays. It goes on to speak of how that might be an idea for human to human communication but that’s now the way to connect with God. We need to wait upon the Lord who will renew our strength!

Today let’s not become impatient because of the perceived delays because we know that God’s timing is perfect. Just because we don’t get an immediate answer doesn’t mean that God isn’t hearing us. We need to listen to hear if the answer is yes, no, or wait. Let’s be the dads who trust God and His timing because He sees the big picture and His plans for us are for good and not for evil, to give us a hope and a future.

What we can do in the waiting

Today’s Devotional speaks to how we need to let God be God and, in the waiting, take the time to “stop, think, consider, evaluate, meditate, contemplate, revise, repent,” and most of all trust in Him and His timetable. Let’s be the dads who are patient as we wait upon the Lord rather than being “impulsive” because God isn’t and neither should we be. Let’s be the dads who are more thoughtful as we wait on Him!

Remember there is purpose in the waiting

Today’s Devotional closes with the following reminder that if there is a delay there is a reason and a purpose for no immediate answer. It concludes with the reality that “what seems like a delay on earth is a sign of a purpose or reason in heaven.”

“The only preparation for tomorrow is the right use of today.”


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