Do you ever wonder how people live without Jesus? Where do they turn when life gets overwhelming? How do they find the strength to persevere through difficult times? I’m certain I’d be dead or certifiably crazy, save for the fact that I know Jesus is with me through everything. There is no storm He cannot calm, no trouble He cannot heal. When I look around at the turmoil in our world, I don’t understand how people can feel anything but despair. There is no hope to be found of our own ingenuity or creation. While so many think the faith I have in Jesus is ridiculous and restrictive, I cannot imagine living in their alternative!
A Steve Taylor lyric that has stuck with me for nearly twenty-five years is, “It’s harder to believe than not to.” I understand what he’s saying and think that most would probably even agree. But for me, it’s so much easier to believe in Jesus than to think of the hopelessness offered by every other alternative. No other option provides a rational explanation for our creation. No other philosophy satisfies the inner longings of my soul. In my heart, I long for significance, for something greater; to know and be known. Where else can I find answers to all of this except through Jesus?
Life is difficult and not getting easier. The demands on our time increase with each passing day. Technology has made our lives more cumbersome instead of easing our burdens. In a violent and evil world, we all need an oasis. Jesus provides that place of peace and rest. If not for the ready retreat of Christ, I would easily come undone. It shouldn’t be hard to keep our eyes on Jesus. After all, we only find trouble when we allow ourselves to be distracted. Life makes sense only when viewed through the lens of the cross.
True disciples of Jesus recognize that He is the only way. There aren’t multiple ways to God (John 14:6).When trouble finds us, and it always will, He alone will be our strength. Nothing we do can prepare us for the various trials life throws our way. As worshippers of Jesus, we automatically become targets of Satan. Life will be hard until we run our race and finish the course (John 16:33; 2 Timothy 4:7-8). It is vital to remember that Jesus isn’t waiting for us at the finish line. He is running beside us, step for step, all along the way.
I’m so thankful for the price Jesus paid for my life. Words could never express my gratitude. My actions will never repay the ridiculous sacrifice of my Lord. Fortunately for me, and for you, Jesus doesn’t ask us to repay. In His eyes, there is no debt. All He asks is that we follow Him. It’s a simple request; we need only obey. In return we receive life eternal and strength for the journey. It’s a no lose proposition sealed by the blood of Christ. It’s unbelievable. I am so thankful. I need Him; I love Him. I will obey and I will follow.