You've Been Warned
Life Lessons from Sitcoms
I was a 90s kid. I wore a lot of denim overalls, listened to a lot of boy bands, and watched a lot of sitcoms. My most loved sitcom was Boys Meets World. In one of my favorite episodes, Cory's older brother, Eric, says to him after forgetting to give him a message from his girlfriend, “Little bro, life’s tough, get a helmet!”
Granted this is not the most tragic experience Cory could face, but nonetheless Eric is still making a good point. Note that Eric doesn't say, "Life's tough, run". He’s telling his brother, not only to expect tough times, but also prepare for them.
A common response when trials present themselves is to ask “Why is this happening to me?” This response displays a preconceived notion that we are promised an easy, comfortable, safe life as a follower of Christ. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), that is not the case.
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” -John 16:33 (ESV)
Jesus warns us that we ALL WILL encounter trails and sorrows during this life. No one is exempt from this promise (not even Jesus Himself). Sometimes we are shocked when trials come and yell a resounding "WHY?!" at God. We can’t ask God why they have happened. He gives us the answers in the first chapter of James.
We need to bring our troubles to the One who overcame the world. What beautiful hope, comfort, and security we have in our Savior! Jesus lived as we do; he was tempted and faced trials similar to us, yet he did NOT sin. Whatever battle you’re fighting today, know that God is using it to refine and purify your faith. But you must yield to HIS process.
Striving toward perfection is not the answer, because failure will always result. Instead, as Christians, we should seek to strive to be more like Jesus. That includes responding to testing and trials as He did.
“Suffering is a part of the human condition, and it comes to us all. The key is how we react to it, either turning away from God in anger and bitterness or growing closer to Him in trust and confidence.” -Billy Graham
When satan tempted Jesus in chapter four of Matthew, how did He respond every time? Did He flee or cave into the deceitfulness of Satan? No, He responded by reciting scripture. Three times Satan tempted Him, yet Jesus did not sin. He commanded Satan to leave and held tight to scripture. This is exactly how we must respond to temptation, as well as when trials come.
Watch and pray that you may
not enter into temptation.
The spirit indeed is willing,
but the flesh is weak.”
-Matthew 26:41 (ESV)
Scripture memorization has been so helpful for me when Satan is attacking. Rather than contemplating sin, I am able to recite scripture that reminds me of truth. What verse are you going to commit to memory this month?
See You In The Round!
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