Life has many hurdles. I mean, very many. So one day you’ll wake up and the sun is already shining. The next day you wake up and it’s all dark. You know the darkness that sends a chill in your nerves!
In our daily walk we experience pain, lack, struggles with sin and all manner of what we may call bad things.
It’s at that point you begin worrying about everything. About food, about shelter, about imagined and real giants… Life at this point can really suck! There’s no hope for the darkness turning into day. You know sometimes we get comfort from knowing may be our parents will sort us out or someone promised some help, or yet still there’s a timeline for those dark moments. But there are days there is no hope. Totally. No plan As leave alone plan Bs.
It’s at that time you ought to believe the words of Jesus in Mathew 6:25. “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” Or what Paul says in Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Sometimes I’ve felt like it doesn’t make sense. You are telling me not to worry yet I need visible solutions! But anyway, we ought to take Jesus at His word. As Christians we have hope for the difficult moments of suffering and lack. We know we have a high priest who has been tested in every way just as we are, yet he was without sin. We have the hope of having Jesus walk us through difficulties and comfort us, because he understands. He feels our pain, struggles and disappointments.
Once a brother shared some struggles he went through. Yet during those difficult times he learnt one thing, God did not give him strength to wake up so that he would spend it worrying about everything and nothing in particular. He woke him up because it was another day to experience his goodness, love and grace. It was yet another day to testify that his grace is enough.
We were not promised an easy road. But we were promised help to walk on that road. Jesus was very clear in telling his disciples that trials and persecutions would come. But he promised to be with them always. Isn’t this enough hope to hold on? That Jesus knows what you are going through, and he can feel you? That he is with you to ensure that even if you stumble you do not fall?
I think that’s the whole beauty of suffering. In the hottest of fires and in the darkest of nights there is someone by our side. He ensures that at the end of the tunnel you come out not burnt by the fire, but looking all glorious because you triumphed. Sometimes He’ll allow bad things to happen. Not because he is insensitive and malicious, but because he loves you. He wants to sharpen you and also wants you to experience his loving nature, and how true his promises are.
“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Romans 5:3-5 I admire Paul’s attitude. He does not worry about the present suffering, which is nothing compared to the glory that is to be revealed in us.
In 2 Corinthians 4:7-12 Paul states; “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.”
So let’s soldier on. That moment of lack and suffering is short-lived. Better still, Jesus is able to deliver us. But even if he doesn’t, he knows why. So rest in his arms and cast all of your cares to the Lord. You do not add yourself a day by worrying. Leave it all to the one who is Sovereign. Take him at his word. He promised to be with us. Even if it doesn’t feel like he is there just choose to believe. To him be all the glory!