Life is often confusing and painful but when we earnestly, seek God, He provides all the answers we need in, Jesus.
It occurred to me the other day that perhaps, I sound like a know-it-all. I’m no longer young and I have learned a great deal in my life but I’m far from having all the answers. I am however, sure of the source I rely upon for my answers. Jesus has never let me down or left me alone, no matter how desperate my situation. In the world, I have pain, sorrow, and one problem right after the other but in Jesus, I find the answers I need to overcome any evil set to destroy me.
I have experienced a lot of pain in my life and so has everyone else. If someone seems to live a painless, wonderful life, the pain is yet, to come but it will come. In any event, it does no good to compare my life to the lives of others. It may provide temporary relief in realizing I don’t have it as bad as some but it does nothing to solve my problem. Looking to people who seem successful doesn’t help very much either because they don’t come from the same set of circumstances as I do and their answers don’t fit my situation. I may find some help in someone who has suffered from what I am going through and overcome the same problem that I face but there still exists the problem of no two persons being exactly, the same. There are few blanket explanations with easy solutions to be found in the world. However, when I earnestly seek God and rely upon His wisdom, I never fail to find the answer I am in need of. No matter how hopeless my situation, I always find a reason to hope in, Jesus. He always gives me the answers I need to overcome my problems.
I have not conquered life and seeking God is not a one-time event. God continually allows difficulties in my life to cause me to turn from doing things my way and back to relying upon Him. He knows my nature, my propensity to become a know-it-all and He knows what I need to keep me humble before Him. I am learning to live in a state of continually, seeking out the face of God, so that I might know how to do His Will. Every situation is different and the only thing in my past experience that I can truly, rest upon is that Jesus has never abandoned me. In each new situation, I can rely upon, Jesus to guide me through. I trust Him because He has never let me down.
I have a desire to help others when I see them suffering but the truth is that I don’t have all the answers they need. Jesus does have those answers and the best I can do is point others to Him. I can give empathy by letting others know that I hurt as they hurt but just as, Jesus is the only one who has the solution I need, so too, is He the one who holds another’s answer. I don’t know it all. I’m learning obedience every day. Jesus also, learned obedience by the things He suffered and I seek to follow Him. Knowing, Jesus is not to live a perfect, painless life. Instead, it is to walk hand-in-hand with Jesus through the suffering, pain, and sorrow that is life in a fallen world and all the while, experiencing joy. The joy comes from knowing that when my suffering here is done, I will one day, awaken with the likeness of, Jesus. I will be transformed and live in a world that has also, been transformed because in, Jesus death no longer has power over me. In Jesus I will overcome even, death.
If today you are seeking answers to problems too big for you to solve, don’t look to me for those solutions. I am only flesh, blood, and bone. My answers are likely to fail but I know that if you earnestly seek God, He will deliver you. He has promised to do so in His Word and He has provided that deliverance to all in Jesus. Jesus will deliver you but you can’t seek Him through me or any other believer. Every individual must look to Jesus for themselves. Jesus is the answer because Jesus is life. All who believe in Jesus not only receive answers to guide them through this life, they receive the gift of eternal life that answers the ultimate problem of death. Death is the underlying issue in every problem we face and life is greater than death. Pain, sorrow, suffering, and agony are the agents of death and life is the ultimate solution. If life seems heavy, the truth is that it isn’t life weighing you down but instead, a load of death. Lay down that heavy load and simply, look to Jesus and live!