A Firm Foundation for a Hard Knock Life
Little Orphan Annie said it best, “It’s a hard knock life”.
I’ve learned in my 22 years that life isn’t comfortable. Suprise right? No matter who you are, life can hit you hard. Even as children of God, we are warned that just because we’re His and our sins are washed away, doesn’t secure us a leisurely trip through life.
John 16:33 “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows….”
Encouraging right? The good thing is God inserts a BUT here:
“…But take heart because I have overcome the world.”
True peace is found in Him because He’s already conquered the evil of the world, the hardships, and as children of God, we can claim this victory in Him. This truth is what gets me through the hard days. Those days where you just feel blah, where everything seems to go wrong, and you can’t move forward because each time you do you’re sent hurtling backward by this or that. Without this truth I’d be constantly staggering around like the sailors in Psalm 107:26-27 “Their ships were tossed to the heavens and plunged again to the depths; the sailors cringed in terror. They reeled and staggered like drunkards and were at their wits’ end.”
God is my solid foundation, “Though the Lord is very great and lives in heaven, He will make Jerusalem His home of justice and righteousness. In that day He will be your sure foundation, providing a rich store of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge. The fear of the Lord will be your treasure” Isaiah 33:5-6. The God of creation, The Mighty One, will make His home among us; He sent His Spirit to live inside us, to guide us, strengthen us. He is my foundation, the only thing I can be sure of when everything else is unsure and when my mind is a jumble, and I can’t seem to grasp onto anything. For some reason He decided I was worth saving and helping, I have no idea why He would want to take me on, but He has, “What are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them?” Psalm 8:4.
Thankfully God is our safe harbor. He put the sailors in one, “What a blessing was that stillness as He brought them safely into harbor“ (107:30). Harbors have to be deep and provide protection for them to work, and that’s what God is for us, He offers Himself as a safe harbor for His children. He protects us and “He is deep enough for our hardest questions” (Lauren Chandler).
Days, like I had yesterday, are going to happen again, frightening to think there could be worse days ahead because life doesn’t get easier as time goes on, but our faith gets better (hopefully) and we become closer with our Sure Foundation. I know that the hard days are faith deepening days and that I can find peace in the storms with the One who conquered the world for me.