Making it Through Tough Times

The amazing truth of God's love for me never gets old. The reality of God's grace is a thing that never ceases to taste sweet. In all things, I find my self desiring to know more deeply the love that God has for me in Christ. Once God's grace is experienced, it is the most intoxicating of things. Like the fragrant savoring of a hot apple pie sitting in the window to cool, so is God's love for those who have tasted it. It is a drawing, and inexplicable yearning that continually seduces its lover with the utmost tenderness and anticipation. This eager desire to know further our savior Jesus Christ, consumes every fiber of our existence. Each day is a moment to delve into the deeper waters of God's insatiable grace. Delving into richer knowledge is as diving into a cool pool on a hot summer day. All friction of anxiety or the heat of stress quickly cools in the waters of God's mercy. For as the apostle Paul wrote, "If God is for us who can be against us?" If there is no earthly power that can overwhelm me what better truth to rest in other than the love God has for me?

The Psalmists seem to understand this truth well. In all their problems, in all their hardships, in all their imprecatory judgements or sorrowful laments, after encountering the goodness and sovereignty of God in worship, their hearts could not help but sing praise to the righteous King. In all their problems and in all their hardships, God's mercy and grace was enough in the midst of their conflict. His strength renewing even their most sincere weakness.

David pictures this truth so well. In Psalm 17 David begins with a cry of distress "Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry!". David continues to write expressing his deepest concerns to God. By the end of the Psalm, Davids demeanor and tone has changed. He concludes at the end "As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness." In the midst of our turmoil, when we encounter the presence and comfort of God, our hope and strength are renewed.

Imagine for a second a young boy who at school finds himself face to face with the most terrible ridicule and the most demeaning of jokes. The boy in tears comes home angry, desperate, hurt, and broken. However, when the boy sees his father he runs to His good father for comfort. The father listens with concern, comforts the boy with his embrace, and loves the boy with utmost affection. In light of the fathers extreme demonstration of love and compassion, the boys problems and hardships begin to fall in significance. The problems don't necessarily disappear, but the boy takes joy in the fact that he has a father, a comforter and protector, who will always be there to cry with his children.

As it is with you and with me. We have a high priest who is able to sympathize with our weaknesses. Our God is a compassionate God who cares for us in the midst of our turmoil. In His presence is comfort and joy and the satisfaction of the longing of our hearts. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Their is only rest and freedom.

The truth of God's overwhelming grace and mercy shown to me is a stick of gum that never loses its flavor, but grows in delight with every chew. As a result, fling to the cross. Run to your good Father. Delight in his unconditional love. As you do, the troubles and cares of this life will look strangely dim in the light of his mercy and grace.