It’s a hard, hard world. It’s a world of pain and sorrows, lust and greed, feeling trapped and feeling scared. There are so many ups and downs. And the downs, sorry to say, are extremely difficult. Awfully so.
Why does this matter? Well, do we acknowledge this to ourselves, that life is hard? Or do we just make it our new normal?
Are you trying to create a sanctuary in the storm? Do you hide away or try to make the most of it, without acknowledging the longings of your heart?
Do you want more, dear soul? Are you afraid of wanting it, afraid it isn’t there?
What would life be if it were exactly the way it were meant to be? Have you ever imagined it?
It isn’t supposed to be this way.
It’s not, dear soul. It’s OK to feel that ache in your heart.
That means you were created for something more. Something beautiful.
Do you believe it?
Dear soul, you were not meant to live this life alone. Life is hard, but there is a God who made you for so much more. It’s extremely difficult, but there is Him who loved you so much He bore the punishment of every one of your faults so you could get a touch of heaven here on earth and the real deal after you die. So you could see, at last, what it means for life to be the way it was meant to be.
The God who did that, His name is Jesus. He didn’t want you to live this way. He never meant for you to suffer so much pain.
Please, please, dear soul, trust in Him with all your heart. He has more for you. Better for you. Joining with Him does not mean a pain-free life, it means a harder life, yet one of meaning, purpose, and hope. It means you’re on the winning team. The team where Jesus has defeated death, sin, and Satan. The team that has a future in heaven to look forward to, along with a life of purity, innocence, and love here on earth, as you draw nearer every day to your intimate, perfect Creator.
Have you sinned against God? This causes suffering. You may be an angry person who brings strife and chaos to those around him, or a drug addict who is not able to function normally in society. You may be in a bad relationship where one or both persons fell short for the other.
Suffering doesn’t just occur randomly. Everyone has that ache in their heart, that longing for more. This can only by filled with God, but so many people fill it with anger, drugs, selfishness in a relationship, and so many other things. What have you filled your heart with lately?
The cross is not where suffering ends, but it’s where life begins. Suffering happens, but for a different reason: suffering for doing right.
Jesus said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23).
Are you prepared for this kind of life? It’s one of honor instead of shame, innocence instead of guilt.
Are you ready to turn away from your sin (give up your own way and take up your cross) and turn to Him (follow Him).
I’m not promising you an easy road, but one of delight. Hardship combined with joy. Trials met with the sweetness of God’s grace. Suffering touched with the goodness of what life has always meant to be.
It’s not easy, but it‘s worth it. Absolutely, completely, and totally worth it.
Are you ready for this?
He’s ready for you. He’s waiting for you with open arms.