Many years ago (Am I supposed to start “Long ago and far away”? Marsha and I were going through a particularly difficult time, when she asked me (rather loudly, I might add), “What are we going to do about it?”. I replied (equally as loud), “I don’t know what we’re going to do about it. Immediately I looked at the end table beside me, where an NEB translation was open to Romans 8. Above verse 18 the heading read, “Present Distress is Temporary and Negligible”. Below were these words, “In my opinion, whatever we have to go through is next to nothing compared to the magnificent future God has in store for us.” That was a breakthrough moment for us.
Some 30 years later, as we go through yet another struggle, we don’t have to ask each other “What are we going to do about it?” This time around we already know the answer–that our present distress is temporary and negligible. And whatever we have to go through is next to nothing…
Are you struggling? God has a magnificent future in store for you, too. Since there is nothing you can do about it anyway, why try? Give the problem to Jesus. He has the answer. And you, too, can find that your temporary distress can be temporary and negligible.
I’ll close with this from Rick Warren: You don’t realize that Jesus is all you need until Jesus is all you have. God bless.