The 10 Greatest Struggles of Your Life
Parents know well that when you give instructions to your children, you need to choose your issues, and a wise parent will focus directives on areas that a child finds most difficult.
We don’t need to command our children over things that they do instinctively. “Watch Television,” “Go online,” or “Practice your free throws” are unnecessary instructions. Commands are best saved for the things that don’t come to a child so easily, like eating your greens, doing your homework, and being kind to your brother or sister.
God is our infinitely wise Father; and when He gives His children directives, He speaks into our greatest battles.
The first four commandments address our struggle to love God. We don’t find it easy to enthrone Him as God in our lives, to worship Him as He is, to honor His name, or to set aside our busy schedules and devote ourselves to seeking Him.
The last six commandments address our struggle to love others. We don’t find it easy to submit to authority (father and mother being the first authority figures in our lives), and even in early life, children struggle with anger and resentment (the roots of murder). As we grow we find that there is a real battle for purity (you shall not commit adultery), integrity (you shall not steal), honesty (you shall not give false testimony), and contentment (you shall not covet).
The Ten Commandments address the 10 greatest struggles of our lives. The good news for a Christian is that God knows our battles and the Holy Spirit is given to help us prevail in these struggles.
Colin S. Smith serves as Senior Pastor of the Orchard Evangelical Free Church. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Master of Philosophy from London Bible College. Colin is the author of The 10 Greatest Struggles of Your Life, 10 Keys for Unlocking the Christian Life, Unlocking the Bible Story Series and 10 Keys for Unlocking the Bible. He can be heard daily on the Unlocking the Bible radio broadcast.