There are times, or, there will be times, where some may question whether or not God is there? Some may question, due to their circumstances, does God care? Others may find it hard to see the good of God and the gospel given their present condition. I can understand how easy it is to succumb to these questions one may have given the frailty and sinfulness that expresses itself and infringes itself on the human life.
The created order has been marred by sin, while the human race is enslaved to it. Given this fact, coupled with the intent of Satan, life is full of heartache, disappointment, unpleasant circumstances, hurt, disaster, loss, and tragedy. (Now I am not trying to be Debbie-downer this morning. Just stay with me.) While life is full of these events, circumstances, situations, and emotions that may leave one questioning; God has given us something more sure, more steady, more fruitful, more lively, more good, more positive, more heavenly, and more grounded. He has given us the gospel! With the gospel comes freedom, life, adoption, justification, sanctification, glorification, intercession (by the Spirt and Christ), and a future hope. Those things that come to us as a result of the gospel do not change.
Therefore, everyday of our life should be spent basking in the unchanging and unfading glory of the gospel and what Christ has done. While life has its ups and downs, its seasons, and its emotional roller coasters, the gospel brings truth, stability, foundation, and steadiness. No matter what our situation may be, whether good or bad, the gospel is always good. No matter what people do to you or how they disappoint you (even in the church), the gospel is still good and glorious. Even if you loose everything, the gospel is still good and sure.
My encouragement this morning is this: Allow your life to be gospel-centered. The gospel will be the unchanging constant in a changing world. Here is how Paul states it in his letter to the Romans:
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ (the gospel)? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, ‘For your sake we are being killed all the day long: we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:35-39).