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Wednesday, 3 October 2018

There is No Promise That Life Would Be Easy




  

Since sin entered the world it was confirmed that toil and pain would be the result of immorality.
16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” – Genesis 3:16-19
We are to labour until God calls us to sleep.
Sin has meant that life would not be smooth sailing. Each wave life brings is an opportunity to develop our character. Rather than desire to run back to shore when life brings a tsunami, we are to ask God to help us ride that wave.
It is so simple to say such, but this is where we all need to get to in our Christian journey. When these trials come I see these things as a refining process, a process of purification. A process that will make us more like Christ.
We are not promised a life of easy, Christ is aware of this hence why he says we should offload the burdens unto him.
28 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” – Matthew 11:28-29
The difficulties life brings makes us dependant on Christ. It causes us to acknowledge that we are nothing without the tree. If a branch is snapped off the trunk of the tree in that very moment it begins to die.
We can apply such illustration to our lives. The moment we leave the refuge of the Lord in that very moment we open ourselves to spiritual death. Christ warns us of this.
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.” John 15:5-6
When we leave the presence of God we expose ourselves to several dangers!
“thou danger rise on every side we shall not be forsake” -  SDA Hymnal 595 
 Even when we leave the company of our high priest Jesus he does not leave us.
15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.-Hebrews 4:15
Isaiah the prophet spoke on the difficulty Christ was to face when he came to the earth.

 “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.” Isaiah 53:3-12 

 

If Jesus Christ who was without sin (Hebrews 4:15, 2 Corinthians 5:21) experienced great problems, what makes us think that we who have sinned are not to have problems?


The introduction of sin (read Genesis 1-3) into the world has meant everyone and everything on earth has been affected. From the flowers of the field, to the heavenly host sin has left its mark. As long as sin dwells on this earth there will be trouble.

Although, the previous statement is bleak, there is hope. I will reemphasise a previous point made. God is our refuge. Though this world is marred with sin we find a sweet relief in Jesus. His word is a comfort in times of trouble, his word confirms that even when the time of trouble such as never was, is to rise God will be with us. 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen Matthew 28:20 King James Version (KJV).”


There is no promise that life would be easy. However, we are to find a sweet relief in Jesus. 


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