As long as you’re happy. That seems to be a goal of many Americans. But how do we deal with the pain of losing a parent or a child to death? How can we be happy when our marriage is on the rocks, and you just lost your job and you’re down to your last $10? If happiness is our only, superficial goal, then sorrow and sadness can no longer exist.
But it does. Every day someone draws his last breath and, if he is a Christian, enters the Kingdom of God. Every day some couple struggles to keep their marriage from entering divorce court. Every day a single-parent struggles to raise a child with special needs. These “bad things” blow that happiness mantra out the water.
As a Christian, we have two choices—wallow in the sadness and become bitter and angry at life. Or we can look to something greater than being happy. We can see Jesus, who never promised that our lives would be easy or that we would never suffer. On the contrary, Jesus says: “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have trouble. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16.33)
Does this Bible verse about trouble make us say “As long as you’re happy”? No. Instead, this Bible verse directs our eyes and our thoughts to Jesus. That’s what the Psalm writer encourages us to do: “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.” (Psalm 42.11) Amen.
- Pastor LaBoube
Mapleton, IA 51034
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Pastor Chris LaBoube