Sometimes, we’re up on the mountaintop. Sometimes, we’re down in the valley. Sometimes, we’re really rejoicing in the Lord – on fire for the Lord. Sometimes, our heads go down – and we’ve lost the joy of the Lord.
What are we to make of the turmoil of confused and confusing emotions that we experience as we travel through our life’s journey?
Some people tell us that we should content ourselves with life in the valley – life without the encouragement of knowing that the Lord lifts us up when we let him down. They tell us that, when we speak about the love of the Lord – the love that has changed our lives, we’re out of touch with reality. They tell us that we need to learn to live in the real world.
What are we to say about this? Are we to accept what they’re telling us? or Are we to join, with Peter, in his commitment to keep on following Jesus, at a time when many people were turning back from following him?
“From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. 67 ‘You do not want to leave too, do you?’ Jesus asked the Twelve. 68 Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.’” (John 6:66-69).
In his book, Runaway World, Michael Green, asks two important questions, “Is Christian belief escapism,running from reality? or Are the escapists really those who won’t face up to the evidence for Christian belief?”
Are Christians running away from the real world? or Is the world running away from God?
Can we run away from God.? The Psalmist tells us that we can try to run away from him – but we cannot escape his presence: “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast” (Psalm 139:7-10).
Can we run away from God? Like the Psalmist, the Apostle Paul tells us that we can try to run away from God, but we cannot escape from his presence: “He is not far from any one of us. 28 “For in him we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17:27-28).
Here’s are some words of realism and faith from a song – “Don’t run from reality”, which encourages to live in the real world – and trust in a real Saviour.
We have to “face every day like it is … It may be very tough. It can give you pain sometimes. Your reality can even get you down … You may say that life has been really hard on me. There is no hope, no life that I can see” – but don’t forget this: “Let me tell you, my friend, about Jesus Christ , my Lord. The Bible says that he is the one reality.”
Here’s a link to the song – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVTro3MTh6s
Much of life is lived down in the valley. Often, the mountaintop seems so far away. The problems of life are real – but don’t forget this: Jesus, our Saviour, is, also, real. His love is real. Whatever, it seems, life may be telling you – don’t forget this: Jesus loves you – in the hard times as well as the happy times.
“Ask the Saviour to help you, comfort, strengthen and keep you. He is willing to aid you. He will carry you through.”