Yesterday I wrote a bit about the joy of serving God found in using his gifts. Today I want to communicate that sometimes life is hard. Sometimes in the Christian walk it feels much more like a chore in serving than a triumph.
Christianity is not always sunshine and happiness. There are many days that a Christian can feel as if they are walking waist deep through the valley of the shadow of death.
When life gets tough, it is easy to get near sighted and lose focus, missing the contentment found in God because we become self centered. We must take an example from Job, a man who lived in an anguish that no person on earth since has experienced. He said “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me!” Job found joy in the midst of sorrow because he knew his hope lied in the service of his maker, and that his life would be fulfilled in eternal redemption, not a temporary solution.
Whether life is good or bad, where is your hope? Is your heart wrapped up in eternity, or does it jump from emotion to emotion? Today rest in a hope that is eternal, rooted in Christ our true redeemer.