Why is it that the things we feel are necessary in life can also be a pain in the neck? Like most people, I own a car, and the trouble with cars is they age and when they age, things start to go wrong with them. If one does what I sometimes tend to do, I ignore it as long as possible. The problem with doing that is ignoring a problem only leads to more problems.
Today, at my wife’s insistence, we (my wife) took the car in for servicing because the car was making unhealthy sounds. This is servicing that needed to be done, and as a result of my delaying repairs, we are looking at some major repairs, and a hefty bill to boot.
The same is true in life. An issue will come up in our lives that should be dealt with, but we ignore it and the longer we ignore the problem, the bigger it becomes. This will often lead us to a mash up in which we are inexorably stuck. What would have been easily dealt with has now become an almost impossible mess.
But here’s the thing. If you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, the problem could have been dealt with by turning everything over to Him. Jesus is our Advocate, our Helper and our Friend. Through the Holy Spirit He stands ready, willing and able to help us in our time of need.
We don’t have to face our trials alone. All we need to do is trust in the Lord and believe that loves us. He showed us His love by taking on our sin and dying in our place so that we would be cleansed and made new creatures in Christ.
We are coming into the Advent season, the time of preparation for the celebration of the birth of our Saviour. But it is important for us to remember that the cradle of Bethlehem lies in the shadow of the Cross. Without Good Friday and Easter Christmas means nothing. The celebration of Christmas is fulfilled in joy of Easter morning.