For a very long time my family has passed around a phrase. It's a phrase that simultaneously sobers us up and reminds us that this world is a broken place and also that as followers of Jesus we have boundless reason to be hopeful and joyful!
"Life is hard. God is good."
That's it. Short, simple, powerful.
Life indeed can be hard. Sickness, frustration, failure, rudeness, cruelty, injustice, any or all of these broken world symptoms AND MORE can smack us in the face on any given day. There is nothing pleasant or fun about any of it. But...
God is absolutely good! And as I like to say it, "God is gooder than life is hard."
In Christ we have God's promises of faithfulness, presence, comfort, wisdom, grace, mercy, strength, joy, provision, deliverance, healing, protection and MORE. The scope of God ability to uphold us and see us through life in this broken world victoriously is LIMITLESS.
I love what Paul wrote in Romans 8:37, "Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us."
God is our unshakable ROCK in the storms of life. Jesus is our strong tower of refuge and strength against all the forces that seek to harm us in this cursed world. In HIM, in HIS goodness--we are more than able to do all things!
Life is hard.
God is good--er!