We love a happy ending…..We are accustomed to happy endings. We expect them.
We love movies where true love finds a way, the hero overcomes all odds, saves the city, the world, and snatches victory from defeat at the last moment. And in the end the good guys win.
Most of us have lived long enough to know it doesn’t always work out that way. At least not in the real world.
As followers of Christ we are assured of an ending, where we will live happily ever after. But sometimes like the movies we expect all the endings to be happy now, every prayer answered, every sickness healed, every enemy defeated. Justice served.
But there are storms, dark times, unhappy times that we must travel through before the ultimate happy ending. We read in 2 Corinthians 4:17 about what to expect “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all”* The rough times and storms we travel through only serve to validate our mission and the need for it.
To spread the Good News
I thought today about how our Savior came into a world of hardship and storms. Storms in the form of Herod a ruthless murderer through fear enslaving God’s chosen people. Herod who attempted to take the life of the One who came to save us and in the process murdered hundreds if not thousands of baby boys. Storms that came in the form of religious leaders, storms that followed Him after brief moments of “Hosanna” and acclamation by the crowds. Jesus understood the importance of the Gospel and the price of the “momentary troubles” He would gladly endure them and never let the absence of “happy endings” distract Him. We should not either.
These thoughts came to me after reading a post by Tim Challies “Given For A Time Like This”.
Tim defines and sums up our mission in these few words.
The gospel is for times of hardship and persecution, but also for times of moral confusion
The gospel was not given to a world without sin, without confusion, without difficulty and persecution—that world needs no gospel.
The gospel was given to a world like this one, a world marked by every kind of pain and perversity. This world needs a gospel and, praise God!, He gave us one. He gave us the gospel of his Son. No matter how bad the news around us gets, that good news gospel is better. It was given for a time like this.**
Amen and so be it Tim!
**©Tim Challies you can read the rest of Tim’s post Given For A Time Like This at
*The Voice Bible Copyright © 2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc