Patrick Star, friend of Spongebob Squarepants, in a rare moment of brilliance, remarked:
How often do we lament our troubles as if it is the end of the world? How often do we grieve over our misery as if it is “game over”? How often do we mourn our death as if it has the final say?
My friend, if you are a Christian who tries his or her best to live a good life for God, then rejoice! The words of Patrick Star are true for you. Despite all your present troubles, in the end, everything will be alright! That is the promise of God!
I have a tip for you. When beset with challenges and difficulties, stop focusing on the problem and start focusing on the promise.
When Christ died on the first Good Friday, the apostles forgot about the promise too! They focused on the problem — the death of their Master. They failed to remember the promise — His sure resurrection. It was only upon His resurrection that they remembered his words:
“And they remembered his words” (Luke 24:8)
God has many promises in my life. And many of them have already been fulfilled and many more are getting fulfilled as the days go by. In the midst of my challenges, I remember all His promises to inspire me to continue to trust and believe! I try hard to remove my focus from my present predicament and focus on God’s assurance of a bright future.
How about you? Are you burdened with many things today?
Take my advice. Focus not on the problem but on the promise.
And then stand back and behold…the stone is about to move!