We all need God
I am convinced that we all struggle whether we are Christians or not. We may experience sudden struggles or struggles that have been taking root over a period of time. Some struggles are caused by our natural environment that involves our health, family, relationships, and our finances while others are caused by sin, the devil and or what God allows.
The sources of our struggles will vary but no matter who it is that is experiencing these struggles, we will always need God's help to deal with and overcome them.
There is a misconception that once you become a dedicated follower of Christ, all will be well. This is not just a belief of other people but some Christians themselves and they never know the truth about this situation until they start experiencing hardships of all kinds.
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
1 Peter 4:12-13 KJV
Peter made mention of Christ's suffering in relation to our own, it was a reminder that Christians wouldn't only have good days but there will indeed be trouble for the believer.
Why hardships? Keep in mind that we have an enemy who is trying hard to keep us out of the Kingdom of God. He will do anything to see us lose salvation. Hardships also come through things that God allow to happen just in the life of Joseph, Israel's son.
We are not supposed to get too comfortable here on earth. Our focus should be on our heavenly home. So when troubles come they must be expected for we already know what Jesus went through to save us.
For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
2 Corinthians 12:8-10 KJV
Paul had been struggling and his problem caused him to seek God's help three times. Instead of instantly healing Paul, God let Paul know that his grace was enough for him. Paul's problem was nothing compared to God's grace. Imagine receiving God's grace instead of deliverance.
I believe that God wanted Paul to consistently seek his help and forgiveness. God knew Paul's heart that he genuinely wanted to be delivered but in spite of that, God had others plans. My strength is made perfect in weakness, is what God told Paul. Picture God coming to our rescue in our moments of hardships and struggles. Think of the strength that he brings to our aid, just like his power that parted the red sea when Israel left Egypt. In this fallen world we would have problems? How else would God's abilities be revealed?
Its time that we stop thinking we will live a life without struggles and hardships because we are Christians. We have an adversary he is not letting up and we serve a God who turns things around for our good.