Message From Matt | August 31, 2018

“That’s Life!”

When I was a kid I remember hearing about something called Murphy’s Law and I specifically remember having a calendar in our home that had different sayings to explain it.  If you are too young to know what Murphy’s Law is, it’s a common phrase used to express the thought that if anything can go wrong, then it will definitely go wrong!   For example, one of these laws states, “Anything that you try to fix will take you longer and cost you more than you thought.”   
I remember laughing at these sayings when I was younger and thinking that Mr. Murphy definitely had a negative outlook on life and viewed everything as “glass half empty” rather than “glass half full”!  

As I have gotten a little older, and wiser I hope, I have come to realize that many of these laws that Murphy gets credit for have some measure of truth to them.  Thinking about any household project that I have ever attempted, I can say for a certainty that the projects always took longer than I wanted them to take and cost me more than I wanted to pay!  Is that Murphy’s Law?  No, not really!  That’s just life!  

I don’t know why this comes as a surprise to so many, but this life isn’t fair!  This life isn’t always easy either and things happen that sometimes we don’t understand why it takes place and you might never know how to explain it, other than saying, “That’s just life!”

The Bible states many things about life that are not fair.  It states…

  • Life is short (like a vapor) – James 4:14
  • You will have troubles – John 16:33
  • People might not like you – Matthew 5:44 
  • There will be pain and tears in this life – Psalm 30:5

At this point can I get an “Amen” on the truth of these verses??!!

While all of this is true about the struggles of this life, there is a way for us to have a joy-filled abundant life here and not just waiting for it in the Kingdom or Heaven!  In the same Bible that talks about all the struggles that are in this world, there are many verses that say that we can still have a victorious life even in the midst of all the problems!  

  • You can have the abundant life – John 10:10
  • You can have peace in this life – Philippians 4
  • You can have joy in this life – Psalm 30:5
  • You can have purpose in this life – 1 Peter 2:9
  • and there is so much more that you can have!!!

If you’re struggling right now you are most assuredly not alone!  BUT, you can have victory!  How do we do it?  How can we have victory?  Come or tune in on Sunday as we begin a September series on LIFE that will show us from God’s Word how to have victory now as well as a look at eternal life after this life!  

See you on Sunday!