Am I a Bad Christian if This is Hard for me?

Some people seem to take all the changes right now in stride. Some people are getting hit pretty hard. If you’re a Christian and you’re taking it kind of hard, do you need to feel bad about that?

Sometimes Christians give the impression that life’s always supposed to be easy. If it’s well with my soul, I’ll sing and smile through the rain and thunder. Easier said than done.

Are you a bad Christian if you’re smiling less, you feel really down, and the changes in life are getting to be too much? Is God disappointed in you if this is hard for you? Look at how often we see people of faith in the Bible weeping and crying out to God. Why? Because life was really hard for them. It was too much. They couldn’t handle it. The sons of Korah sang, “Why, Lord, do you reject me and hide your face from me?” (Psalm 88:14). David wept and cried out to God. Habakkuk poured his heart out in agony. Paul pleaded with the Lord over a thorn in the flesh. If this is hard for you, you’re actually in good company.

God is gentle, because he knows how hard it is. He knows the toll social distancing, lack of hugs, ruined routines, and making your kids stop running up to the neighbors to say “hi” can take on a person. He knows how it hurts emotionally, relationally, and spiritually.

That’s why he’s gentle with us. That’s why he’s here with us. That’s why he will be our strength. That’s why he promises that these troubles are marching toward a glory that will make all this worth it.

He’s not disappointed. He gets it. He’s here to help.

“For no one is cast off by the Lord forever. Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to anyone” (Lamentations 3:31-33).

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