Matthew 6:34 (NIV)
(Jesus said) “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
You wake up in the morning with a kink in your shoulder. All day, your arm is killing you.
As you’re driving to work, the check engine light on your dashboard comes on.
You stop at 7-Eleven for a cup of coffee, and as you’re getting back into your car, the plastic top comes off the cup, causing you to spill burning hot coffee on your pants.
At work, you find out that your company has a new owner who may or may not make staffing changes in the coming weeks.
And as you’re eating lunch – a steak sandwich with plantain chips on the side – your doctor calls, letting you know that your blood test results have come in. Your cholesterol is way up, and you have to stop eating red meat and fried foods.
And that just gets you to midday.
We don’t know what each day has in store for us. We will have good days or bad days. Most of our days will be those “in the middle” types where we have a little bit good and a little not so good. No matter what, when bad things happen to us, we will say that life sucks.
No. Your life doesn’t stink. We live in a fallen, broken world where bad things happen to good people. Yet through these challenges, we have Jesus. We’re in the time of Easter, the season of Jesus’ resurrection celebration. This is a time when we genuinely recall the work of God for us at the cross and His victory over our sin, brokenness, death, and the devil himself. Jesus walking free from the tomb of death shows us what our lives will be like one day because Jesus’ victory is our victory. Through all the bad things we encounter in this life, in the life to come, we’ll be free from it and bask in the glory of God forever.
So when the bad things happen to you, don’t forget the good things that God has done for you and the world through His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Life may be troubling at times, but it never stinks!