We hear about disease, pain and grief. It is all very disturbing to us. What are we to do with our anxieties? Let us take them to the Lord in prayer. When we take our concerns to the Lord, we are reminded of something else – our sin.
In Psalm 25:18, the Psalmist spoke to God about the hard times he was facing. When he was talking to God about these things, he thought aout something else – his sin.
He said to the Lord, “Look on my affliction and my distress”, and, then, he said something else – “and take away my sins.”
Disease, pain and grief – these things can bring us into the presence of the Lord. They can make us start thinking about more than what’s happening to us right now. They can make us start thinking about our whole life. We start thinking, “What does God think of me?”
Soon, we become aware of how far we have fallen short of the way God wants us to live – “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
From Romans 3:23, we read on to Romans 3:24, where we find that there is Good News for sinners: “and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”
When we live with the very real threat of disease, pain and grief, may we bring our concerns to the Lord, may we listen to what he says to us about our sin, and may we hear what he says to us about our Saviour.
What does God say to us about our sin? Does he single us out, saying, “You are very sinful – and, now, I’m punishing you for your many sins”?
No! This is not what we have, here, in Romans 3:23. What we do have is this: every one of us has sinned.
What do we have in Romans 3:24?
Is there any suggestion that the Good News of Christ is only for people who are much more holy than every one else?
No! There is something much more wonderful than this.
The Good News of Christ, our Saviour, is for every one of us.
To every one of us, Christ is calling out. He’s calling out to us, in love. The call of Christ is the call of his love.
We may begin with our anxieties about disease, pain and grief but, as we think about these things, may our thoughts turn to Jesus, and may we learn, from him, that there is more to our life than disease, pain and grief. There is a way that leads to eternal life.
In John 14:1-6, Jesus speaks to us about eternal life, and he tells us that he is the “way” to eternal life.
Jesus Comforts His Disciples.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Jesus the Way to the Father
5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”