I think it is fair to say that life can be described as a struggle. Survival
seems to be the name of the game. People appear to look after themselves as
best they can, leaving everyone else to find their own way.
Protecting oneself and one’s belongings is all-important, for theft and
violence abound. So, many barricade themselves in, to keep the world around
We can’t live in isolation
This retreat into privacy fails to see the bigger picture. We depend on
others. We need politicians to run the place, police to keep order, teachers
to educate our children, doctors and nurses to tend to our health.
The fact that we hear so many complaints about services shows our dependence
on them. The media tells us of tradesmen who take others down, priests who go
bad, police who are corrupt, banks that won’t listen and solicitors who
There is another side
We shouldn’t completely despair of society despite the negative things
we see or experience. We should nevertheless be thankfully aware of the great
amount of honesty, goodwill and sacrificial service that exist today. Have
great admiration for those who care for the aged and infirm. Remember the many
workers who dedicate their lives to helping the hard-up and those who have
been struck with tragedy. Note how people respond to flood and fire disasters,
giving of themselves to battle against the odds.
Something for us all
In a world of need, we must ask ourselves ‘What am I doing about
it?’ There is always something we can do for someone else. When we see
the opportunity, it is up to us to spring into action. Our self-centred world
needs a good dose of generosity of spirit.
Best of all
There are many of us who enjoy another dimension. We are able to say “My
Father watches over me,” which means that we know God as our Guardian,
Provider, Friend, Ruler, Lover and much more. Think about the care Jesus
displayed when he was here. He took notice of people others overlooked. He had
love enough to go round for even the most unlovely. He pointed everyone to
faith in himself and his Father. This is life as it should be.
In the light of what Jesus did in dying in our place for our sin and
shortcoming, we cannot question God’s commitment to us.
We can know Him. He is just one earnest prayer away.
“Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him
while he is near” (Isaiah 55:6.).
Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will
give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and
humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy
and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30).