Monday, January 7, 2013
Neat and Tidy
Coming to Him does not mean that our lives will now be perfect without any challenges, sickness, pain, or loss. In fact, Jesus tells us clearly that in this world we will have trouble. John 16:33 is always a source of comfort to believers: "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." In Christ, we have all we need for life and godliness to make it through the hills and valleys of life.
I will never forget the many conversations that I had with my father growing up. I would come home all discouraged over something that didn't go my way and I would never fail to say, "It's not fair!". My father always replied, "Who told you life was fair, Honey?" He was right. Our world system which is controlled by the Prince of the Power of the Air is a place of injustice, sorrow and hardship. However, the Good News is that Jesus Christ has overcome the world, death, and Satan. In Him, we have a hope and a future despite our current circumstances. This is why it is so important to walk by faith each day rather than sight. Our senses can deceive us, but our Lord is the same today, yesterday and forever. He does not change. He is our solid ground when all the earth is shaking beneath our feet. He will not let us fall even when we stumble, but He will pick us up and hold us in the hollow of His hand.
As I pondered these thoughts, I realized that in many ways, we do have a safe little cocoon of sorts not to keep us from the difficulties that everyone faces but to keep safe the most fragile, important part of our being....our souls. When our souls are filled with Christ, He is able to save us from sin and death. John 10:27-30 says: "My sheep hear my voice and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My father, who has given them to me, is greater than all and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. I and the Father are one." These are, indeed, words of comfort to the believer. Because Christ arose from the dead, we will one day do the same. We will live forever with Him where there will be no more injustice, sorrow, pain and loss. For now, we walk in this world that buffets us, but we can have peace knowing He is with us guiding our steps.
God does not want to put us away in a box somewhere like I do my manger set. He wants, instead, to display our lives that we might be the salt and light to others who also need to trust in Him. Our Father wants us to so shine before men that they may see our good works and glorify God. As we face the messiness of life, we have a resource that the world does not have...we have Jesus Christ living in us. While we cannot avoid the heartaches, we can move through them on the wings of God's strength daily. Not only do we grow stronger in faith, but we also are an example to a world looking for answers to the challenges of daily living.