Someone once mentioned to the evangelist D.L. Moody that he was considering starting a “No Worry” club.
“Are you using the Bible as the foundation for your club?” Moody asked.
“The Bible?” the man seemed incredulous, “of course not; I don’t need God.”
“How, then, will you overcome your fears?” Moody asked.
“It’s simple. I just refuse to worry.”
“And that works?”
“Well, eh…Most of the time. I am still learning.”
Moody smiled as he placed his hand on the man’s shoulder and said, “Friend, Jesus already started a ‘No Worry’ club 2000 years ago. You don’t need to start your own. You can just join His club. Jesus said, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”
When people don’t have faith there is precious little for them to hold onto when things go wrong. They cannot comprehend why such trials befall them. Where is the stability that is so desperately needed?
The Bible compares our lives to building a house. Some people built beautiful houses. They used the best building materials and built spacious and luxurious homes that brought about the praise of many. But the foundation was built on the shifting sands of this unstable world and when the storms of life hit, their house fell over and was utterly destroyed.
Faith builds on a different foundation.
It builds on a rock and when the winds blow it holds. For a child of God the house that is built is secure and standing firm. In fact it is even a bridge to eternity that cannot be destroyed by time or tide; for Jesus Himself is the foundation.
When you walk with somebody on the same path, you experience the same things. You get wet in the same rain. You sleep under the same skies in the same mud holes and you face the same problems. And that is what Jesus is doing too when He walks with us along life’s road. From the day that we first opened our hearts to Him, all the way till the gates of death and even further, He walks with us and experiences everything that we go through.
Maybe you thought that Jesus is sitting at ease in His heavenly throne room with a nice healthy snack while He glances occasionally at a fancy computer screen to see how we are doing. But that’s not how it is. That sounds preposterous.
He rejoices with us in our victories and our pain and our tears are His pain and His tears. King David knew that. He wrote, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”* (Psalm 46:2)
Even if we make the wrong or even willful choices?
Paul wrote: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”*
How can love be so secure? Our human love has many limitations.
We judge our love for people by the way we ourselves are treated and it often goes wrong. How many people do not make a sincere promise on their wedding day and claim starry-eyed that they will be faithful unto death, for better or for worse.
But then the worse hits and promises are often broken. Hearts are wounded and lives are destroyed. But that’s not God’s love. God’s love is perfect and secure.
Jesus pictured His love as that of the Shepherd in search of the bleating sheep on the lonely hills of this world. How do you think that sheep got stuck in the brambles in the first place? It certainly wasn’t the fault of the Shepherd. That sheep must have been disobedient, maybe even rebellious and willful.
It would have served him right if the Shepherd would have shrugged His shoulders and said, “Good riddance of bad rubbish.”
It would have been the way of the world. But it is not the way of God. His love is greater than ours and His thoughts are infinitely higher. But in order to help us learn some of these things, He has given us this earthly life. For what better place to gain a deep understanding of the love of God than in this present complicated world of time. Through the trials, tribulations, and triumphs He will show us His everlasting and faithful care. With each step of the way, He is trying to teach us something about the beauty and truth of the everlasting Kingdom of love.
Not physically, not in an earthly sense, but He is standing beside us nevertheless.