4306107546_bb3fa2b682

Have you ever been told by someone that you weren’t living a “victorious Christian life?”  How about you need to claim certain promises or live by the philosophy of an author that start with O- and ends in -steen?  The unfortunate news for these philosophizers is that the Christian life is not all marked by pleasant roads and pitstops.  No, sometimes there is struggle.

Even Jesus had times of tremendous peace (think about the small revivals where he healed people in Galilee) and tremendous turbulence.  Jesus dealt with pain and sorrow, and I don’t have to refer to the crucifixion to make this point.  Jesus stood on a hill by Jerusalem and cried for the city to listen to their prophets and return to God.  He wept on the road to Lazarus’ tomb.  He no doubt suffered the sting of rejection by his family and neighbors in Nazareth!

In this life we will face both good and bad.  The poet George Herbert puts it this way,

I will complain, yet praise;
I will bewail, approve:
And all my sour-sweet days
I will lament, and love.

Friends, if you have not suffered in some capacity, you will.  But cling to the one who is well acquainted with sorrows, for he will strengthen your legs and lighten your weary load.

Photo Credit: Frank Wuestefeld via Compfight cc