It is interesting now as I write this, I honestly do not know how I survived to live my life all the way up to my mid-twenties without God. I have no idea how I survived that storm called life without a life-guard.
And I am not trying to say that it is in the minute that I acknowledged that I needed God that He showed up. Because certainly, He had always been there all along. I mean in it in the sense that I so was busy lording over my life for such a long time that I succeeded to create a colossal wreck of it.
Were it not for God’s loving-kindness, grace and mercy, I honestly have no idea where I would be today.
Recognizing as well the contribution of the chief prevalent factor in the world today which had its claws on me the minute I was born – evil.
Now, evil in the world is not a recent phenomenon; it has existed since the fall of man and it has in addition to its existence, birthed innumerable hosts of countless children up to the place we find ourselves today; that is, visually-able to see the fruits of its work.
Notwithstanding, I cannot blame the world entirely and declare that it is because of the conditions of the world that life forced me to make certain choices. Intrinsically, there is that predisposition to sin because we are born into a world that is already fallen- a sinful world.
David recognized this in his psalm of repentance as he declared, “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.”– Psalms 51:5. But we too, largely contribute to the state of the broken world when we continuously rebel against God’s laws.
It is distressing as well to witness this beautiful creation of God experience such corruption and frustration as a result of man’s hell-bent ambitious and selfish desires.
Now, almost always when I get the opportunity to go around ‘touristing’, with special humans:) I encounter such magnificent natural earth formations that really take my breath away….
Then I notice some plastic bottles and cups throw down on the grass and I’m like.
Human beings yeah? You gotta love them… Jesus commanded us to.
Just look at how I take several paragraphs to introduce my post. Goodness!
Anyhow, as I began this post by stating the condition of my life before God happened…many times these days as I observe people around me I ask myself, “How are they going about their lives truly, what is the condition of their hearts?” And I know this question is posed to us all every single day by friends or family and we skillfully manage to slip out of it so fast with the sleek “It’s fine, it’s going on well, it’s pushing on well” slogans.
But the simple truth is that the vast majority of the world’s population is walking the path of life extremely overloaded, baggage’d, wounded, hurt, weary, discouraged, disappointed, and some even suicidal. And I still sincerely cannot figure out how others get to their mid-century ages in this cut-throat world without Jesus.
Now, I undoubtedly believe that these current times we are living in today are seven times worse than the ‘golden oldies’ when the internet had not yet braced our societies. Not to mention the deep-seated moral degeneration that has surged with the internet revolution, there is now this mounting pressure with most people —especially the youth today— to prove something to the world. Thus, I will not even attempt to peek into those boxes of baggage that people carry on their shoulders because I know the script….Broken and overloaded, and in need of salvation and help.
And that script is always similar. The only difference is usually the characters.
However, I will say this; that if there is somebody out there reading this and is overloaded with cares, anxieties and worries, there is a place where you can place them down and experience the rest that God experienced when He finished His work of creation (before man made a mess of it and got Him back to work again), and the rest Jesus offered once and for all to all who would believe in Him when breathed His last on the cross saying,
“It is finished”
1Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.
2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.
3 For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: “So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest,’ ” although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
4 For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”; 9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God.
10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.
11 Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.
And I know that we have probably heard this before, tried Jesus before, or even done this before but still experience the same struggles… If I can be candid here, the problem is never on God’s end but on our end. And the problem always persists because our hearts are stubborn. And my saying this is not some type of spewing condemnation but a call to self-reflection.
We fight releasing every single aspect of our lives to Him…completely surrendering and casting our cares upon Him and trusting that He is able to carry our problems and us too. We insist on doing it our own way, perceiving ourselves to know what is best for us (speaking from experience). But the truth is, whether we travel north, east, south, or west – the crossroad will never change. It will always meet and remain at the cross of Christ.
And herein lies the most tragic thing in life – the self-sufficient life. The life that rejects the help and the lordship of Jesus Christ.
There is no way any single living person on this earth can manage life without Christ. No way!
Yes, you can get by and yes, you can even manage to run a long mile, but at some point the batteries run out and by the time you realize that they are dead, the prince of this world will have done you in a good one (excuse my slang.)
A life that is not God-centered will eventually crumble and fall apart. And it is not just life… but relationships as well. Jesus is the only solid cornerstone.
And if we as Christians too, find ourselves making decisions, living life, building relationships, working jobs, serving others, and going on our daily tasks without God’s word to direct us daily, we are fated to fall and predisposed to the devils attacks which regrettably find us without God’s hedge around us. Jesus taught,
43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walks through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none.
44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he finds it empty, swept, and garnished.
45 Then he goes, and takes with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.
Doing life with God is not only the safest life-guard, but it is the most peaceful, joy-filled and fulfilling aspect of life on this earth. Despite the trials and tribulations that we face, there is a promise of God we have all the days of our lives—that He will never leave us or forsake us.
5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
6 So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
So yes, go ahead and get that masters degree, that PhD, go ahead and swim the exotic waters of the Maldives islands, go ahead and hot air balloon over the Grand Canyon…And I do not write this condescendingly or sarcastically… I myself, am a sucker for adventure and learning so I am among these people.
My point is at the end of the day when you get back to bed, what happens is that now… you are all alone with your thoughts, and your soul begins to whisper to you – “that was amazing! so exhilarating! great achievement!… but… I am still not satisfied, I still do not have rest, I am still not fulfilled.”
And it is always going to demand that fulfillment until it finds its rest in Jesus Christ alone.
So as we live our lives today and every other day, it is my prayer that we will take some time to reflect on the condition of our lives in regards to our walk with God. Because Jesus too said,
21 Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Thank you for reading!
God bless ya!
Featured image credit: Hollie Hibbert on Pinterest