There is any number of events in life that attempt to rob us of our joy, the kind of moments when all hope seems lost. There are child-rearing challenges, advancing age, billion-dollar bailouts, bankrupted businesses, a corrupt government, damaging and sometimes life-threatening diseases, strained relationships, financial struggles, economic collapse, broken marriages/families, teen pregnancy, dissatisfaction at work, unemployment, home foreclosures, mounting bills, political unpredictability, war, raging storms, global warming, a morally-declining society–you name it. Life is not really “like a box of chocolates” like Forrest Gump said; I never met a chocolate I didn’t like. Life has circumstances that are not so appetizing. Life often seems more like a box of matches, ready to go up in flames at any time. There is a smorgasbord of adversity waiting to befall us. It’s as if worry is the rule rather than the exception. “In this world you will have trouble…” Jesus said.
“But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33b If worry is your rule, let Jesus be your ruler. Allow the “streams of living water” to douse your flames of despair. When life hands you crisis, you give it Christ. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t some “pie in the sky, all my problems go bye-bye” plan. Your troubles will remain, but it is the Lord who will sustain. Sorry for sounding like Johnnie Cochran in the O.J. Simpson murder trial, “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit!” Let me remind you though, as corny as it was, it worked (at least for that trial–he wasn’t so lucky just a few days ago.) Likewise, Jesus works. Despite my cheesy clichés, He truly is “the way.” And though He may not take you out of the fire, He will keep you from getting burned; life is not as much about the journey as it is the destination.
“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. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18. Move your focus from your circumstance to your stance with Christ–He is the only true source of hope and joy.