Our world is full of stress and anxiety. We wake up on the go and have trouble stopping long enough to go to sleep at night. So much responsibility, so many decisions, so much stuff for us to take care of each day. It’s too much for any one person to carry, and many times too much for a family to carry. I remember a saying from years ago, “You can’t fight your way out of a wet paper bag.” Now, getting ourselves out of a wet paper bag surely seems an easy thing to do, but when overwhelmed with all our “stuff”, even getting out of a wet paper bag seems impossible. We constantly second guess ourselves with the uncertainties, indecisions, and unknowns of daily life. Although these events occur daily, the question we must face is - is it really life?
We get so lost in the daily “stuff” we call life, that we can’t really live. It becomes a tangled web from which we seem to be unable to free ourselves. We lose all interest in life as defeat, disinterest, and depression set in. We even begin to doubt God and His promises. The salvation He offers through faith in Jesus Christ should bring peace and joy into our lives through the power of the Holy Spirit, but so few of us experience daily this peace.
e and joy [Galatians 6:22-23]. When David was confronted with his sin by the prophet Nathan, he realized that he needed to repent and ask God for forgiveness [2 Samuel 12:13]. Perhaps there are some idols and selfishness woven into our daily “stuff”. Of these we need to repent and ask God for forgiveness. We might need to back up, set our house in order, re-prioritize our lives, and re-focus on God and His righteousness. Only then will we begin to live again. We will experience what David did, the peace and joy of our salvation will return. We will be able to publicly praise our great God, and we will be able to unashamedly give testimony of His salvation [Psalm 51:1-15].
Another of God’s promises we will rediscover is His promise to always be with us and never leave us [Hebrews 13:5]. We are on a daily walk with the creator of the universe. This realization of His everyday interest in our lives provides comfort and security. His perfect love drives out fear from our lives. Even after we re-direct our lives toward God, we might still have daily “stuff” with which we have to deal. Some of it is just part of life, but now we no longer make decisions on what others think or what society says is right. We rely on God’s direction and guidance [John 16:13].
God is so good, and He wants each of us to experience His goodness [Psalm 73:1]. He has promised those who are following Him they will never have more daily “stuff” to deal with than they can handle. If it seems overwhelming to us, He has also promised He will provide the way to manage this daily “stuff” [1 Corinthians 10:13]. What we need to remember is to continually look to Jesus, believe Him, and rest on Him as the author and perfecter of our faith [Hebrews 12:2]. He has promised to walk with us all the way to the end of our life. No, that’s not right. He has promised to go all the way to the end of time [Matthew 28:20]. Daily trust Him!