Why Life Sucks Sometimes
Posted: Saturday, August 26
2 Corinthians 1:1-11
Verse of the Day:
He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
(2 Corinthians 1:4 NLT)
Life is hard. Pressuring responsibilities and curveballs that come at unexpected times can make the game of life anything but fun. Every week I’m engaged with people who are losing jobs, coping with passed away loved ones, parents unsure of how to handle the complicated choices their kids are making, babies born prematurely or with major complications, and the list goes on and on. These are real issues with heartbreaking ramifications. In these moments for these very real people, life sucks.
People have always been wondering why life can be so hard and unfair. I’m sure you have asked the question, along with just about every other person who has ever lived, why me? Why did this bad thing have to happen to me? The miserable, but truthful, answer is that that's life. When God designed the world, He intended it to be paradise, bliss at every turn. But sin messed up and continues to ruin every single aspect of life - from health, relationships, to the way we think. Despite the unfair and very serious turmoil we go through, there is hope for every situation.
Paul, the author of today’s Verse of the Day, encourages the church in Corinth and of today in regards to the trouble we face in life. Throughout chapter 1, Paul explains that when we go through difficulties Christ is there to offer us comfort. He even says that the more trouble we face, even more so Christ is near us to comfort us. The things we go through may absolutely suck, but there is nothing in this world that can compare the peace that Jesus brings. When the Bible promises that Jesus will be our comforter in our trouble, that’s a hope you take to the bank! It’s hard to see beyond life in the midst of our deepest troubles, but it’s through these moments that we as a church body can become the most effective in comforting our brothers and sisters in Christ. We gain a unique perspective in the midst of our pain that can be more than nice words. We can genuinely empathize and guide others through the darkness. If you’re going through something now, turn to Jesus for his heavenly peace that transcends all understanding and know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. You will one day be able to help those who are suffering like no one else can because you’ve already been there.