Have you ever had one of those seasons in life where “the hits keep coming?” It feels like lately every time we turn around, it’s something else. A kid that needs eye therapy or an expensive car repair. Employees that leave and clients who decide not to be clients any more. Rejections from publishers or, even worse, being rejected by friends. Having to decide whether to pay your taxes or pay your mortgage. Days when you don’t feel good at any of your jobs, and you feel like a failure. Sometimes the hits just keep on coming.
But even when everything falls apart, I am reminded that my greatest affliction, my biggest problem, has already been taken care of. All of the other problems are small compared to my biggest problem. Sure, those other issues make life difficult and very uncomfortable, but because my greatest affliction has been removed, I have hope that it won’t always be like this. I can know for sure that things will change; I will experience peace and rest. My greatest affliction, the problem I can not solve on my own, is my sin.
When I approach God with my list of all the things that I think I need…better health, more money, more time with friends, more wisdom in parenting…I am reminded that my greatest need, the thing I need the most to make it through this life, has already been provided for. My greatest need, the deepest ache of my soul, is peace with God.
This Easter I remember that my greatest affliction has been removed…permanently. That my greatest need has been fulfilled…once and for all. Because of the work of Christ on the cross, my sins can be forgiven. I don’t have to be good enough to be in a right relationship with God. Because Jesus chose to be the sacrifice that would atone for the sins of the world, I can be at peace with God. He loved us so much that He made a way for us to be with Him forever.
So when I stand in worship, singing of his love, I will look at all of this week’s “hits” from a different perspective. I will remember that my greatest affliction and my greatest need have been provided for. If He is big enough and loving enough to take care of those great problems, then surely He is able to take care of all the “hits” that come my way. I will be grateful for his love; I will rejoice in his provision; I will know that he is with me; I will trust Him more.