The Jesus Cure
It’s no secret that life is a difficult maze filled with problems, sorrows, pain and grief. We also know that the cure is Jesus Christ, and that His desire to help each one of us through this maze is His greatest. From the beginning we’ve been told that God shaped us, formed us and made us in His image; realistically though, so few of us continue to believe that as life takes its toll upon us. We develop this tainted vision that God gave us life only to let us go through life seeking our own way out of the troubles of this world. How far that is from the truth!
When reading Isaiah 55:1, the Lord says “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters, and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.” The price that God paid for us has paid our debt for eternity! We need not pay with our lives in order to possess the key to eternity. It costs us absolutely nothing to come to the Father. Little do we know though, that while we strive to fight off life’s challengers by ourselves, God is still waiting for us to turn to Him so that He can fight for us. How many of us are willing to let Him take control?
It is one of the most difficult things to do, to let God take control. If we think about it, we are supposed to let go of the reins and hand them over to someone we’ve never actually heard, seen or even touched. We’re to give up control over our entire lives to the One that we cannot explain. Yet even from this invisible force, we’re blessed; we’re given opportunity after opportunity and above all given the chance to experience eternal life. All this is given freely if only we would believe. Reading further into this chapter, He tells us to “Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live.” The instructions are so clear, the request so confident, but our skepticism keeps getting in the way. Some of us may not even know how to approach Him, perhaps reasoning that we don’t feel ready or adequate. God expects us to change after we’ve encountered Him and not before. He can only take us as we are – while still seeing what we can become – and give us the means to conform to His image of us.
All of this sounds peachy, and it is, but it requires more than just momentary anticipation and excitement. It requires a devoted soul, a loving heart, and most of all, it requires faith. Faith is the basis of every Christian’s existence. It is the unseen force of belief in Christ that can and will eventually pull us through the storm we face. It is powerful; it is radical, and when exercised, is unstoppable. It is also inexplicable. In verses 8 through 11, the Lord gives us a glimpse as to how inexplicable His ways are. In today’s world, science can only go so far in order to explain the wonderful workings of nature, but God goes further, eternally further. Having faith is similar to eternity, in that, one cannot measure its bounds. There is no unit of measurement in describing just how much faith is required to move a mountain versus moving a cup. We either have it, or we don’t. We either believe in Christ, or we don’t.
None of us truly have any excuse not to believe. Every blessing we’ve been given – though we know we don’t deserve them – isn’t a one time gift. These gifts are poured out upon us with each new day. Trusting in the workings of God’s power and in His inexplicably glorious thoughts and ways will lead only to happiness and joy, regardless of the personal battles we go through. As it is written, “You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace…” (Isaiah 55:12) Being led forth in peace, despite the tempestuous storms that rage around us, despite Satan’s best to waylay our progress, despite any sorrow or grief that may try us is what God has proclaimed. Once again, the only question is: How many of us are willing to let Him take control?