December 5, 2017
Someone to Turn To
For he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. – Matthew 5:45
Have you ever heard the phrase, “You must be living right”? This often seems to be spoken in reference to people who have just had something good happen to them unexpectedly. Yet, contrary to that line of reasoning, living right has nothing to do with it. Today’s focus verse lets us know that good and bad things happen to those who live right as well as to those who do not. The Bible gives many promises to those who live as they should, but a trouble-free life is not one of them. In fact, we are admonished, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (2 Corinthians 4:17). As Christians, we will have “afflictions,” but they are allowed for a divinely appointed purpose, and we do not have to face them alone.
When we ask Jesus to forgive our sins, He makes a real change in our lives. We no longer have the heartache and trouble that accompany a life of sin. However, problems still come, even to those who are living a pure life, holy and above reproach. Cars still break down, our bodies still get sick; many situations arise that are out of our control. However, we now have someone we can turn to—a Friend like no other. What a comfort!
Trials come into our lives for many reasons. Sometimes they may be the result of decisions that we could have made more wisely. Sometimes God is trying to get our attention—maybe we have wandered away and He is trying to draw us back to Himself. Sometimes God even allows trials to test our faith and make us stronger in Him. Whatever the purpose, if we keep our hands firmly in His, we can be confident that He will take us through.