It's very easy by forget. And by forget I mean ignore. Going through a day without reflecting on God's word or looking to Him for guidance and help. That's what I did for so many years. Even with Judges to remind me, I wouldn't turn back on my own. In fact, they made me more defensive than anything.
Yet on my own, I am nothing. What meaning does art have outside of its maker? For the artist designs and creates for a reason, instilling in a piece all kinds of aspirations, nostalgia, and devotion. So each person - all of my dear friends and strangers and people I fear - all have been shaped and gifted to do much good and fulfill meaning if they would recognize this. Everyone has a story.
Maria asked: How can believing in Jesus be the solution to one's life problem?
I babbled a little, unsure.
Then she told me: We all have a lot of problems - emotional, physical, a variety of problems. And the cause, the root, of all of these is sin.
Why do I complain? Because pride tells me that I deserve better than this.
Why am I depressed and anxious? Because I cannot look beyond the moment.
Why do I yell at people? Because I don't care how they feel when I am in a cranky mood.
I am proud, selfish, and unloving, to name a few. Maybe these aren't all that serious to most, but if I cannot conquer even these little issues, how will I cope when my life becomes very challenging? How can knowing Jesus help?
Jesus solved the sin problem, killing evil at it's very roots. What problem is not within his power, then? "But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself." Hebrews 9:26 Not only did Jesus pay the price, he helps us along the way. "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are — yet was without sin." Hebrews 4:15
She went on to explain how our very bodies are a battlefield. There is a spiritual war. Spirits of evil and the Holy Spirit of God battle for us. If we would seek the forgiveness of God, we will be cleansed, a pleasant sight. Just as a flower draws butterflies, so a humble and faithful heart will be a home for beauty. If one clings to the darkness to hide, however, their heart will draw in unclean attitudes that are not freeing, but indeed, imprisoning. Evil seeks out those it can claim, but we know that the will of God is good. God gives life and has gone to the limits to ensure that we might once again lay claim to that pure and eternal life He has in mind for us.
"For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day." -John 6:40