Sin on All Sides, Death in Front, and Peace Within

What do you do, as a God-fearing Christian, when you are faced with a seemingly impossible scenario? If you go to the left, to the right, or turn back, there is sin. So, all you can do is move forward knowing that the steps you are taking are going to be painful and the end of the road looks like death.

The temptation to turn to the left, to the right, or to turn back weighs heavily daily. Yet, God in His goodness has an iron grip as He gently nudges us along, soothing us, wiping our tears away, and letting us know that the end is not death, but life everlasting.

The painful steps make Him strong in us, killing things that do not live forever so that we can live forever. Yet, we know that many do not have to walk this road who are called by His name. Many walk easier paths and they too will live. Many say that Jesus will “put on you no other burden.” A God-filled life is one of ease and plenty, they say. God does not care much for your sin. You are forgiven. Maybe for some this is true. In His mercy Jesus said, “that which you have, hold fast till I come.”

Yet, it would seem that those He loves most will suffer most. We should be glad to join in the “fellowship of His suffering,” but as Jesus says, “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” His Spirit can do wonderful things. He can strengthen us, and it is in our weakest times of much suffering that He is made strong in us.  

Jesus says that His burden is easy and His yoke is light. This is true. But the burdens of this world are heavy and being yoked to the wicked is a path of much pain. Especially when those who cause the most suffering are those of our own household—those who we should be able to trust in. Jesus is there.

We trust in Him alone because the hearts of self-serving and weak man will betray one another to death. They will take their ease and watch us wither. Are they blind? Do they not really know? Are their hearts so hard that they do not care? Is their fear and self-preservation their god? Lord knows.

How long do we have to endure it before He breaks the yokes that bind us?

Though we suffer in this world and the flesh feels the pain of impending death, our souls live in Him—and we know that we will be raised bodily when He returns.

Never let people make you feel ashamed because of your suffering. Never let them make you question where or who your God is. Remember who it is that says, “I sit a queen and am no widow and shall see no sorrow.” Sorrow comes, but so does peace. “These things have I spoken to you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you will have tribulation but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.”

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