No One Said It Would Be Easy

Most of us understand the premise of Murphy’s Law all too well, which is basically stated: “If something can go wrong, it will, and usually at the most inopportune time.”  Why is it that the gasoline light on the dashboard of your car comes on when you are already running late for an appointment?  How come your child discovers homework is missing when you are ready to walk out the door for school?  Why is the severity of an itch inversely proportional to one’s reach?  Why is it that a spilled drink flows in the direction of the most expensive object?  Why are paper towels and toilet paper always strongest at the perforations? It seems as though there is a conspiracy of universal proportions mankind must deal with as we live on this planet called earth!

Former heavy-weight boxer James (Quick) Tillis tells about his experience when he moved to Chicago from Oklahoma in a quest to fulfill his dreams of being a top-level boxer in the early 1980s. He claims:  “I got off the bus with two cardboard suitcases under my arms in downtown Chicago and stopped in front of the Sears Tower. I put my suitcases down, and I looked up at the Tower and I said to myself, ‘I’m going to conquer Chicago.’ “When I looked down, the suitcases were gone.” (This story is from Today in the Word)

NO WONDER WE NEED A COMFORTER!!!

Some things about life can be infuriating!  Over and over again God claims that walking with Him and entrusting ourselves to His ways will result in blessings and living life to the full. Yet, how often is this the opposite of our experience?  Did God lie? As Paul would say, “May it never be!” But sometimes our situations make it difficult to be full of faith in the promises of God.

We should know from the way Jesus described the Holy Spirit to His apostles that things are not going to be easy.  Jesus referred to Him as the “paraclete”.  This is a difficult term to translate but carries the meaning of being an intercessor; a counselor; a comforter; and a helper.  Why would we need an intercessor, counselor, comforter or helper unless we were going to encounter some trials and frustrations along the path we travel? God’s provision is not meant to steer us around the Valley of the Shadow of Death.  He intends to walk with us through the very heart of frustration, discouragement, fear, doubt, and even death to help us see that this world is not our home and that our circumstances are not the end.  Murphy’s Law is trumped by the grace, the power, and the eternal plans of our God!

-Scott

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