16 Jun The Son Shines through the Rain
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NIV)
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
The older we get, the more we realise that life isn’t perfect. The more we walk with Christ we also begin to realise that being a Christian might not be as easy as we first thought it was.
I have heard countless times before from non-Christians that God is “just a crutch” for the weak, and that Christians are just people who need something to “help them sleep better at night”. These people call us weak, hypocritical, deluded and say we are in denial. Some non- Christians seem to have the perception that Christians lead a great life, and that we have no problems when we choose to find joy in God instead of sorrow in our circumstances.
Being a Christian is by no means an easy life. The bible says we need to sacrifice (lay down our lives), that we will be persecuted (just as Jesus was); it doesn’t say that becoming a Christian suddenly makes your world a better place. I know myself I have experienced more heartbreak in church than I have in any other area of my life. Being a Christian means being strong during the hard times: the difference is, the strength we rely upon is not our own.
Our first reaction to an unpleasant situation we encounter is to pull back from it and give up. Maybe your friends make fun of you for being a Christian; so you’ve decided to stop going to church. Maybe you feel like your past or present struggles are too shameful to forgive; so you decide to leave youth. Whatever trial you are facing you need to understand that God is bigger and greater than anything in this world.
It doesn’t make sense to pull back from a supernatural God when your natural circumstances are causing you heartache, because God’s goodness is not a reflection of what your natural situation is. If you read through many of the Psalm’s that David wrote and you will see him praising God for His goodness even though he faced many difficulties. God is eternal and unchanging, and if His word says He is good, then He is always good.
You can still find joy and peace in the midst of feeling like you are “wasting away” by letting the love of God refresh your heart each day. When we fix our eyes on Jesus, on what He did for us, and how much He loves us, it gives us enough strength to face any problem that may come our way. When we focus on the eternal, on God’s promise and His plans for your life, everything thats troubling us seems insignificant in comparison.
“What you and I might rate as an absolute disaster, God may rate as a pimple-level problem that will pass. He views your life the way you view a movie after you’ve read the book. When something bad happens, you feel the air sucked out of the theater. Everyone else gasps at the crisis on the screen. Not you. Why? You’ve read the book. You know how the good guy gets out of the tight spot. God views your life with the same confidence. He’s not only read your story…he wrote it. ”
―Max Lucado “Grace For This Moment Daily Bible”