I think that getting older provides opportunities to either get more bitter and discouraged with the state of the world, or to draw closer to Christ, putting our hope and trust ultimately in Him, believing that He is good.
Life can really feel hard though, you know? If I’m not bothering to focus on the blessings I have in Christ, and instead choose to feel sorry for myself and lose my focus, things can seem so crazy, chaotic and unfair. To be honest, sometimes I feel like I’ve been carrying a burden for years now. Family discord, spiritual workings-out, job dissatisfaction and changes in friends and my relationships with them are things that hang over my head some days, and it makes me not want to get out of bed. I had a recent day where I just needed to bawl.
I realize, though, that the difficulties I encounter need not be overwhelming. I am forgiven and given grace by Someone who loves me more than anyone else can, and yet knows me better than anyone else will. Let’s think on that: Jesus, the person whose grace we need the most, is the one who gives it to us most freely, though we don’t deserve it at all. And we still think we need, want or deserve more in this life than that?
Things that are life-changing, heart-changing and worthy of our hope and trust:
1. The fact that Jesus Christ, a real person, died for me–for you– because He individually loves you as His bride.
2. We don’t have to be scared or worried if we really believe this (the above).
I know that for myself, I don’t consider this the way that I should. When I wake up in the morning, it is not always my first thought. Instead I get wrapped up in myself, MY feelings, MY perception of things. And that’s why life seems hard. Because I’m thinking about what I think I need to do to have the life I want, when He’s already given me everything that I need.
I pray that Jesus will be your thought and my thought when we sleep, when we wake and when we go about our days. Just think about Him, and tell Him that you want to hope and trust in Him. And if you struggle even to say that, just ask that He’ll help you believe in your weakness. Because He will.
The Lord is good.
19 I remember my affliction and my wandering,
the bitterness and the gall.
20 I well remember them,
and my soul is downcast within me.
21 Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope:
22 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
25 The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
26 it is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the LORD.
27 It is good for a man to bear the yoke
while he is young.
28 Let him sit alone in silence,
for the LORD has laid it on him.
29 Let him bury his face in the dust—
there may yet be hope.
30 Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him,
and let him be filled with disgrace.
31 For no one is cast off
by the Lord forever.
32 Though he brings grief, he will show compassion,
so great is his unfailing love.
33 For he does not willingly bring affliction
or grief to anyone.