We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 2 Corinthian 4:8-9
I woke up very early this morning with many thoughts on my mind. I thought about my loved ones and the difficulties they face. I thought about the disappointments I have brought and the admonishments I have received because of it. I think of the promises I have made only to be hindered by the demands of life. And while I am troubled by these things, I understand some things in this life are out of my control.
You see, I also work doing maintenance on older houses. This is a passion I have had for a long time. Part of that passion is to find ways to restore older houses and apartments so others have a good home. If there is one thing I have learned, old houses have old problems. You see, no matter how much money you pour into an earthly structure, entropy will happen. You can’t stop mold from occurring where water reaches the wood or foundation. Plaster can peel away with humidity. Electrical wiring can become brittle and break. With old cars similar problems can occur from neglect and over usage.
Now imagine someone buying what you restored only to complain that this or that is wrong. You poured yourself into it, but still, the new owners find fault. Such is the world of restoration.
Paul faced something of the like with churches. Paul faced many young believers who expected life to become easier because they believed in Jesus. When they found the contrary they complained. Paul was troubled at this, but did not let it get to him. He wasn’t cold to these people. He understood that salvation doesn’t always change the nature of a man. People complain, because that is what they do. People blame because they want things their way. Even as believers, we find the way of the Lord challenging. We do our best, but don’t expect everyone to appreciate it. All we can do is the best for our master. When we have failed, the best thing we can do is admit it and move on by trying to repair the trouble. Sometimes even that doesn’t work. Remember, we are made whole in Christ, but live in a world that wants what they want.
Troubles come. Forgive me Lord when I have failed.