If a woman is looking for something, sooner or later, she’ll find it. Usually sooner.
If a man is looking for something, he’ll find it too. Unless his search involves moving things around. So for example, ladies, if the jar of mayonnaise you sent your husband to look for happens to be behind the jug of apple juice in the back of the refrigerator, that mayonnaise is staying hidden. You might want to take care of this job yourself.
Things have a way of staying hidden right before our eyes. This is not confined to refrigerators. And it’s not just true of men. When it comes to greater realities, the ones having to do with who we are, who we belong to and where we are headed, all Christians have a way of not seeing what is right before us.
These aren’t necessarily deep, undiscovered truths.
They are the things that we already know. They are the things that are right before us. But they are also the things that we sometimes have a hard time seeing. As simple as they may seem, they are the things that we constantly need to be reminded of.
Jesus really does love you. Just because it sounds like a Sunday School answer doesn’t mean that it’s not true.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” John 3:16-17 (ESV)
Jesus’ love for you is not based on your ability to remain sober, sane or faithful to your spouse. His love for you is based on his unchanging character.
For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:7-8 (ESV)
As you struggle to stay sober, sane or faithful to your spouse, you are not on your own. God has equipped you with everything you need, namely the Holy Spirit.
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” John 14:15-18 (ESV)
Your hope will never be found in this world. While the best that this world can offer is in the process of slowly decaying, you have a real hope kept in heaven for you that is alive and resistant to corruption.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Peter 1:3-5 (ESV)
Nothing you do makes Jesus regret dying for you. Rather than condemning you, he is praying for you.
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1 (ESV)
Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Romans 8:34 (ESV)
Nothing will ever happen to make Jesus chew his finger nails and worry about what to do next. He is in complete control over all things and that includes the details of your life.
And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17 (ESV)
Following Jesus is more than simply learning new things about him, as important as that is. What’s really important is that we see the simple things that we so often miss because we have allowed them to become too familiar.
God is good.
And in his grace, he has not hidden his goodness from you.
He has placed it right before your eyes.