Cursed be the day on which I was born! —Jeremiah 20:14

            Ever have a day like this that you have said, “I wish I never had been born?” Jeremiah felt that way. Job also felt that way— “Curse that day for failing to shut my mother’s womb, for letting me be born to see all this trouble” (Job 3:10).  Sometimes people get so down when difficulty comes that they say “they wish they never had been born.”

            This just goes to show you that the wealthy and the godly have difficulty just as the poor and ungodly do. Life in a fallen world— “Yet man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward” (Job 5:7).  Nobody is immune from difficulty in this world in whatever form it comes. But Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). The only way we can have peace in this world is to know and rest in the prince of peace (Isaiah 9:6; Romans 5:1).

            So… are you going through a difficult time? Feeling like you wish you had not been born? Time to refocus on Jesus and “throw off every encumbrance and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with endurance the race set out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2). Keep our eyes on Him!

Dear Father when difficulty comes in whatever form may I keep my eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of my faith. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.   So be it!

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