Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an “easy button” to push in life? Wouldn’t it be nice if everything had a simple and easy solution to it?
Push the “easy button” after losing your job and you immediately get a new one.
Push the “easy button” after your spouse leaves you and immediately you are reconciled.
Push the “easy button” after your child is diagnosed with cancer and immediately they are healed.
The problem is, there is no “easy button” to push in life! Life’s dark and difficult moments don’t have easy and simple solutions to them.
But here’s the good news: There are no easy solutions but there is hope because there is a cross! Instead of answers, God gives us something better. He offers us a solution. He offers us the cross.
Because of Jesus, suffering is never the last word. We’re promised if we put our trust in Him, there will be a day when He “will wipe away every tear from [our] eyes, and there will be no more death, sadness, crying, or pain, because all the old ways are gone” (Rev 21:4).
That’s the promise. That’s the last word – that ultimately God will defeat the pain and heartbreak of this world. That He’s already defeated it, but we’re just living out the aftermath of the battle. That there will be a day when all is restored.
Here is where faith comes into play in the middle of a situation you probably didn’t choose.
Faith is saying I choose to believe in you, God, more than this or that tragedy. I throw myself in utter dependence on you – you alone, a God who specializes in resurrections, a God who brings hope to the hopeless, a God who is a father to the fatherless, a God who was willing to send your Son to a cross to prove that you are more powerful than the worst thing evil could do” Pete Wilson “Plan B” (pg. 219).
Although there is no “easy button” to push in life, we do have a cross. A cross that communicates how much God loves us and how far He’ll go to begin the reconciliation to our world through the shedding of His Son’s blood.
The cross is proof that God does not always change the circumstance, but that He works every circumstance to His purpose. He will never let go of us. His cross will be an anchor of hope for us (pg. 224).
How do you respond in life’s difficult and dark moments?
This is a continuation to my book club discussions of Pete Wilson’s book “Plan B”. This week I read Chapter 14: The Bow. If you have a response, please add it below and add to the discussion. Whether you’ve read the chapter or not, please share your thoughts!