When the rough days come

Posted: 2011 10 20 by Chris Goforth in Authentic Man, Biblical manhood, Challenge, Discipleship, Hardcore Christian Men, manhood, masculine, masculinity

There are days that are good days and then there are days that are bad or really bad.  Days when I mess up as a husband, father and boss.  I lose it, I do or say something that isn’t nice. Days when it feels like life I am standing on the side as the train whooshes past me and I can’t do anything to stop it.  When money is tight and I can’t afford the things we want or need.  The days when the car breaks down and I can’t fix it.  These are the things that cause my blood pressure to rise.  My anxiety level goes up and I feel like it’s all going to come crashing down around me.  Days when I feel so incredibly stressed that no matter what I say or try it’s just doesn’t seem to get better.  These are the rough days for me.

When a fight breaks out with my wife, my kids are arguing and fighting, chaos seems to be all around me. Troubles with my boss, employees or co-workers.  Feeling as though nothing is going to improve. I am reminded that Satan is lurking all around and is using all of this to take me off track.  He is out to destroy me and take me away from God.  He wants nothing more than to make me question everything and begin doubting God is really there in the midst of all of it.  God is with me, not against me.

1 Peter 5:8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

When those days come, I have learned the best thing I can do is to just stop.  Take some deep breaths and wherever I am, whatever I am doing call out to God.  Begin praying and giving it all over to him.  Allow him to re-center me and get my focus back on what is most important.  Realize that Satan is involved in every one of those things and he’s going to do what he can to take my focus off God.

This is where as a man, a leader in my family and in other areas of life, I need to step up and call Satan out.  To take a stand against him and take back what he is trying to steal from me.  I need wisdom, I need God’s guidance and direction for each step of my day.  I need to be grounded in God and trust only in him. This is not a battle to take lightly.  It is the very battle for which our lives, our family – everything God has given us rests in that.  We can’t allow Satan to rob us of any of it.  We must be aware at all times of what he is doing.

Ephesians 6:12 – For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

When the rough days come, where will your focus be?  Will you be able to see that Satan is lurking to destroy it all?  Do you have the strength to take it away from him?

Comments
  1. Paul S says:

    Great job, Chris! I’ll say I don’t have the strength to rescue myself from Satan, but my Savior does! When I’m in the pits, I try to pull myself out by remembering what my “one thing” that God has laid on me is. Right now, when I’m having a rough time with something, I remember that God has laid the burden of “Student” on me (and to a lesser extent “Men’s leader”). If whatever has me down isn’t related to being a student, I remember that God hasn’t given me the role to be the best at it, and I just do the best I can with His help. If it is related to my role as a student, I stop, pray, ask for help from Him and my friends (Jesus definition here, not man’s) and put my foot down on the throttle. Either I’m going to succeed, or I’m going to bust my way out of there and move on to the next thing! Thanks for sharing this with us, Brother.

  2. Kevin says:

    Interesting that you post this when last night I wrote about burdens and shared it with Doc. This confirms to me this is may be a concern God has for his children right now. Thanks for posting.

  3. Jason says:

    Satan’s a real son of a b—-.

    Merciless, relentless, sleepless…he won’t stop until the day we go to be with Christ. Endless schemes and attacks. You would think that because it happens so much we’d be able to see his antics clearly every time.

    • You would think so based on the daily battle we all face, yet so many times we just go backwards in how we operate. Have to keep our perspective clear and continually practice this each and every moment.

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