How about on the other side of the coin? When your friend has some really good news, something that brings them joy, do they want to share it with you? Do you expand the celebration and rejoice with those who are rejoicing or do you put a damper on things? Would you make the laughter even a little louder and dance with those who are dancing because life has its things that are worth throwing a party over?
This Sunday’s theme is that Jesus wants to be with us in the best of times and the worst of times. There is nothing life can bring us that Jesus would not make better.
- In our sorrows he brings comfort,
- In our questions he brings truth,
- In our despair he brings hope,
- In our drifting he brings the way,
- In the face of death he brings life.
It is vitally important that we don’t just think of Jesus as an insurance policy when things are tough and go it on our own when life seems smooth. Scripture repeatedly warns us that God’s people had a tendency to forget Him when they didn’t have an “immediate and profound problem” that they were facing. They often cried out when life was difficult or the oppression became too much for them. But when life was free and easy – well, God would slip from their minds.
With that in mind I would encourage each of us today to consider all the good things in our lives and remember that they are gifts from God. Whether it is a loving family and good friends, or a job that pays the bills or health that allows us to go for a walk – it is from God. Don’t take it for granted and slip into drifting through life without the ever-present need to worship God. It is the continual awareness of Jesus’ presence that makes life its fullest and keeps us grounded in both the good and the tough times.
Jesus wants us to claim his promise today, tomorrow and always from Matthew 28.20 – “Surely, I will be with you always, to the very end…” He wants to be with us in it all. There is nothing in life that would be better without Jesus!
With Jesus and you,