This was a hard post to write. Not because I lacked inspiration or couldn’t process ideas, but because I don’t always like to practice what I preach. Some days, frankly, I just don’t believe this simple, Biblical truth: everything’s going to be okay. But it is.
Why do I forget? Because of another truth: life is hard. It’s unfair. Things don’t work out like we want them. We fool ourselves into thinking we’re the authors of our own story, but we’re not. We have, in truth, just enough control to be dangerous. We control just one thing – ourselves – but at best can only react to the innumerable variables presented us every day. While things go our way from time to time, sooner or later our spouses, friends, bosses, governments, enemies, idols, or something else is going to throw a curve ball that upsets our house of cards. Cue “Everybody Hurts” by R.E.M. Or Debbie Downer music.
What makes life even harder is that it’s also confusing because these two truths – and they are both true – seem to contradict one another. How can we believe that everything’ll work out in the end when life seems so unfair? In fact, there is no contradiction, but rather a piece missing from the puzzle. That missing piece: the everlasting joy of salvation through Christ.
The complete truth goes something like this:
Life is unbearably hard, but everything will be okay in the end if/because we are saved.
No matter what you’re going through right now, if you know Christ as your savior you will win in the end.
Make no mistake, your life will periodically be characterized by loss, grief, pain, suffering, and confusion. Loved ones will die. Marriages will fail. Friendships will dissolve. Financial prosperity will be temporary at best, if you ever know it at all. Parents, children, and friends will betray your trust. At times, it will seem that even God betrays you (though he never will). But this life is temporary, as is its pain. His love is eternal, as will your time be with Him in heaven.
If you’re hurting today, I pray that you find peace is this truth: Everything is going to be okay. I promise. And if you don’t trust me (and you probably shouldn’t), trust God’s word:
“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.
“Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, ‘I believed, and so I spoke,’ we also believe, and so we also speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence.” (2 Corinthians 4: 8-14)