Do you ever feel like a bomb just dropped on your life and everything around you is in utter chaos? Your family is in shambles, your job is almost unbearable, and the life is being sucked out of you. Maybe times are tough right now and you’re barely squeezing by, or finals are coming up and stress from final projects and papers is weighing heavily upon you. Whatever your trial may be, I feel you.
Life can be rough. I believe it’s safe to say that everyone knows that. There isn’t a human being on this earth who hasn’t felt pain, who hasn’t struggled. Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, even knew that pain and struggle.
In Matthew 27:46 we see Jesus cried out on the cross, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (Which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).” This is the first verse of Psalm 22. If you continue reading in Psalm 22 you’ll see in verses 6-8, “But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by everyone, despised by the people. 7 All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads. 8 “He trusts in the Lord,” they say, “let the Lord rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.” And verses 16-18 “16 Dogs surround me, a pack of villains encircles me; they pierce my hands and my feet. 17 All my bones are on display; people stare and gloat over me. 18 They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.” Psalm 22 is a foreshadowing of what would happen to Christ and His mission here on earth.
He was mocked, abused, and crucified all for the sake of man, to save us from our sins so that we may have a relationship with God. How beautiful is this good news! The living God knows the pain that we go through in our daily lives. That is a huge comfort! John 16:13 says, “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.” And in James 1:2-4, “2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” By having this relationship with God, He grants us peace in hard times and amidst suffering. He also shows us that we can be shaped to be more like Christ as well. Wow!
So this month I’m going to take a leap and dare you to believe that God will, and has, granted you this peace, and will be with you through it all. Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” God is with you always, and He is your sustainer! Change your view on your situation, and see it as opportunity to become more Christ-like. I know it’s tough, but Christ didn’t promise for this life to be easy. Be brave. Will you take the dare? Will you believe?