Life Can Look Cruel, But There’s Hope.

Life Can Look Cruel, But There’s Hope.

Sometimes, life can look downright cruel. No matter how hard you try, you can never get ahead. The bills are always stacked higher than the funds to pay them. No matter how much effort you put forth, the boss is never satisfied. No matter how carefully you save, the car breaks down, the dishwasher breaks, or the kids need (fill in the blank.) No matter how long the weekend, you blink and it’s Monday morning.

Whether life brings a major catastrophe or a minor inconvenience, you can grow frustrated and think, “What’s the use?” If you feel like this, welcome to the club. Nearly 3,000 years ago a wise man named Solomon surveyed the human condition and called it “vanity.” Especially the repetitive cycle of life: “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9, NIV).

A thousand years after Solomon lived, people were still stressed out about the rat race. The Jewish people chafed under Roman rulers who cared little about what they thought or did—unless they neglected to pay their taxes. Jewish religious leaders seemed more interested in lining their pockets and grabbing a seat at the head table than helping them. You can imagine Joe Lunchbox thinking, “The same old, same old. Why even bother trying?”

This is why it was so significant for Jesus to come on the scene and promise he could make things better. He talked about God as if this heavenly father were his earthly father. He didn’t just talk, either. Jesus backed up his claim of a pipeline to heaven with miracles and healings—even raising people from the dead.

So when Jesus promised people could bring their burdens to him, he spoke with authority. He was unlike any other human leader. He cared little about prestige, power or worldly riches. He was the kind of Savior people could approach and know he cared. Best of all, he still does.

A Challenge For You…

Read Matthew 19:18-26. What impresses you most about this story? Do you think it is possible for Jesus to have performed the miracles recorded in these Bible verses? Why—or why not? No matter how you look at it, try stopping and talking to Jesus right now. If you feel burdened by life, tell Him about it. Afterwards, tell someone else how you feel.

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