An excerpt from Live in Grace, Walk in Love, by Bob Goff.
124. Jesus Won’t Eliminate the Chaos in Our Lives, but He Will Give It Meaning.
“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
If you open the Bible to almost any chapter, you’ll find stories of people just like you and me. The same people who cast out demons and defeated giants also made mistakes that would send the rest of us to jail. Seriously – consider what these guys did. They’d get life with no parole these days. Those who left everything to follow Jesus didn’t get better jobs or more stable lives; they just got Jesus. They got a gulp of living water.
Sometimes you hear Christians say following Jesus will make you more successful. Just watch some of them on TV on a Sunday morning and you’ll hear it. They say God wants to bless you, and by “bless” they mean make you rich. Sometimes it sounds like God is a short-order cook and will make us whatever we ask Him for. But Jesus never said anything like that. He said He didn’t come to make life easier for us- He came to rescue us and make our lives more purposeful by making us more like Him.
Jesus never promised to eliminate all the chaos from our lives; He said He’d bring meaning to them. He invited us into a story of grace and redemption, probably because these are the stories the disciples got wrong, time and again. If you wonder why you still face some of the same struggles you brought into your relationship with God, you’re in good company. He doesn’t magically erase them like a product from an infomercial; He promises to be with us while we reach toward Him to find more meaning in our circumstances. That’s the real blessing.
What trouble are you facing right now?