Hebrews 12:1, 2
1.Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
To different people different things matter. To some it’s money. To some it’s popularity. To some it’s position. To others it is power, control. To still yet others it’s possessions, things, hobbies, and habits. To others what matters is education, intelligence, knowledge.
To find out what really matters most to people see what or who they turn to and cling to in the dark times of trouble. History and experience bears out that the things aforementioned in the preceding list do not, and can not truly help when the chips are down, the friends are gone, your family wants nothing to do with you, your health is failing, and you don’t know where to turn or what to do.
You can be as wealthy as Howard Hughes- he died lonely, filthy, insane, hopeless, and lost. You can be as popular as Elvis Presley or John Lennon- but you can still die a drug addled, obese, derelict, or be a druggie gunned down by a psycho. You can hold in your iron fist the most powerful position on earth- and still be a demon-possessed, genocidal maniac, that kills himself when his “Third Reich” comes crumbling down. You can have a garage filled with classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles, a house filled with every gadget and toy, and excel in your hobbies- and die a lonely recluse filled with despondency and despair. You can be as wise as Solomon, as smart as Einstein, and a Doctorate in every major field of study- and like Buddha die without a clue still asking, “WHAT IS TRUTH?”
BUT what does THE Word of Truth say about turning to and trusting these “things”?
Mark 8:36- For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
I have been doing a LOT of praying, soul searching, thinking, reflecting, and generally taking stock of my life. WHAT really matters MOST to me? What, or who, means the MOST to me? WHERE, TO WHAT, OR TO WHO do I devote most of my time, focus, energy, attention, love, and faith?
Is what/who matters most to me going to be able to help me in the hard times? the dark times? when the world is crumbling? when health is failing? when the voices of this present world all clamoring, even screaming for my (and your) attention…when death closes in…what, who, do I turn to? what, who, do I trust?
I can quickly quip, “I trust in The Lord my God.”…BUT…do I? Am I truly trusting in The Lord Jesus Christ to lead me? to provide for me? to protect me? and to supply all my NEED (not wants or greed)? Am I really trusting GOD for wisdom? direction? answers? hope? AM I? If not God- who, what IS my trust, hope, my faith in? Will that “whatever other than God” be able to truly help me in the time of trouble? IF NOT- then WHY trust in it at all?
So…who AM I trusting in? WHO matters most to me…really? I have had family fail me. I’ve failed family. I’ve had friends fail me. I’ve failed my friends. I’ve battled serious health issues for 30 years. At one point missed six weeks in a row of work, church, EVERYTHING…was in the doctor’s office, ER, and a week in the hospital…WHO was my hope then? Where could I turn then? where, to WHO, can I turn NOW? When everyone else has either failed, forsaken, or can do nothing to make things better…who do I turn to? who do YOU turn to? and, WHY?
I have been through a lot of loss, maybe you have too, but there IS ONE CONSTANT through it all…The Lord Jesus Christ. Even when I fail HIM miserably, and often- JESUS NEVER FAILS. NEVER.
Has serving and following The Lord Jesus Christ always been easy? NO. BUT it is ALWAYS worth it.
This world CRIES OUT for attention. This world is stumbling, staggering blindly and unheeding toward Judgment, and eventually Hell. They wont go to hell because “God didn’t want them”- they’ll go to Hell because THEY didn’t want God.
The world SCREAMS crisis after crisis after crisis. The world throws out lie after lie after lie. And the entire time who they NEED MOST is The Lord Jesus Christ.
The problem is this: what matters most to the world, and what the world wants most IS OFTEN diametrically opposed to WHO they NEED most.
Trying to answer and account for all the “red herrings” (coronavirus, BLM, George Floyd, Antifa, Jacob Blake, Cannon Hinnant, N. Korea…) is exhausting, futile, and vain. ALL those are REAL problems, REAL issues, REAL dangerous, and REAL sins…but they are symptoms.
The REAL problem ABOVE, BEFORE, AND IN ALL these, and every other problem IS the world has rejected, ignored, mocked, scorned THE ONLY REAL Solution, The Lord Jesus Christ, and ONLY BY TURNING TO CHRIST AND FULLY AND SOLELY TRUSTING IN CHRIST JESUS will the problems be resolved.
I can’t speak for the world, or for anyone but myself. BUT I WILL SERVE THE LORD. There is NONE OTHER.
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.
-Rev. Larry Wallenmeyer.