Life can be described as a continual series of ups and downs. If we were to make a chart of the good times and the difficult times in our lives over the course of several years, it would probably look like a stock market chart. Sometimes the chart would go way up and sometimes it would go way down. When things are going well in our lives then we Christians should be grateful to God and enjoy those times to the fullest. When things become difficult in our lives then we Christians should still be grateful to God and make up our minds to endure until things get better, which can often be much easier said than done. It is important to recognize that these fluctuations true for everyone. It is part of the common experience of human life.
Whether in good times or in difficult times, we Christians have an element in our lives that distinguishes us from other people. This element is the solid rock of Jesus Christ and our faith in Him. When Jesus responded to Peter’s statement in Matthew 16:16 that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God, He said, “…upon this rock I will build my church.” What does that mean? It means that we can believe and trust Jesus totally when He said things like:
- He who believes and is baptized shall be saved (Mark 16:16)
- Whoever does the will of God is my brother, and sister, and mother (Mark 3:35)
- Come to Me and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28)
- He who follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life (John 8:12)
- If a man loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him (John 14:23)
God never promised us that this life would be easy. Just because we are human beings, sometimes life is going to be tough. Because we are trying to be faithful followers of Christ, sometimes life is going to be extra tough. Always remember great messages from God like Romans 8:35-39, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? 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.” The apostle Paul tells us that no matter what circumstances we face in this life, God is going to take care of us. That is the solid rock of faith.