Don’t stress. It will all work out! … No, it won’t.
I apologize if I just caused you to do a spit-take with your coffee. I hate to waste good coffee. However, if I caught your attention for a moment, it was worth it. Please, refresh your cup before I continue.
Now, I realize that, as a pastor, I am expected to share more encouraging words than, “No, it will not work out for you.” What I mean by that statement is that it will not work out for you, whatever the strenuous circumstance is, simply because you wish it to. You see, I must speak truthful words as well as encouraging words, and truth takes precedence over encouragement when the encouraging word is nothing but empty fluff.
The fact is that universe will not balance things out in your favor. Please don’t be discouraged by this. It’s not you. It’s the universe. The universe is, well, an object. It possesses no intellect or feeling. It simply swirls around like cream in your coffee. It simply cannot work things out for you or me.
From time to time I see memes displayed on social media expressing the idea that you should just relax and believe that everything will work out just swimmingly in the end. Just have faith that it will. I saw one of these memes recently and, as my family and I are currently facing some difficult and stressful situations, appreciated the warm sentiment, but rolled my eyes at the lack of actual substance. It reminds me of the time my son heated up a Hot Pocket for himself for lunch and when he bit into it he found that it was completely empty inside!
A well-wish from a friend should always be taken as it is offered and be received with gratitude. However, if you are looking for “meat” to sustain you through a tough period in your life, placing faith in faith is simply a futile endeavor.
I mentioned that I recently rolled my eyes at one of these memes. Internally, I balked at the expression of empty encouragement to have faith in faith knowing that it was like plugging a power strip into itself and expecting it to function. As I did that, the Lord dropped a question into my heart; “While it is true that having faith in faith is futile, you have faith in God. So, can you trust that I will work things out for you?”
That question hit me right between the eyes. While sentiments suggesting that everything will work out in my favor simply because I desire it to do so are truly empty, God’s promises are not empty. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” For those who put their faith in God, love God, and are devoted to God, they are children of God and therefore enjoy the privilege of the Sovereign Lord looking out for them. That doesn’t mean we get to have everything our way, but we do get to have things His way (which is far better) and He will work all things for our good… even when we don’t see how that could possibly happen in the beginning.
Are you going through a struggle now in life? Is your life filled with questions that you need answers to? I would encourage you today to no longer place your faith in faith, but to instead devote yourself to the Lord Jesus Christ and place your faith in God and He will work even the toughest of circumstances that you face for good. Contemplate that while you finish your coffee.
Until next time, may your coffee and contemplations be rich and fulfilling.