By bridcf, Jul 26 2020 11:11AM
A while ago I found a card in an RNLI gift shop with words on it attributed to the French writer, historian and philosopher Voltaire. It said:
In other words: life is grim but we are to make the best of it while we can. I’m sure we can all relate to the idea of ‘making the best of a bad job’, but is that really how we should see life?
The Bible does not see life as a disaster we just have to make the best of. When it looks at life it sees it as a precious gift from God; something that God has known all about, even from before we were born. It says: All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be (Psalm 139:16b).
God has a plan and a purpose for each one of us; a plan that should see us living in the way He wants us to so that we can have a relationship with Him that lasts forever. But the Bible also shows us that we have all rejected God’s plan and purpose for our lives; we have all turned away from Him to do what pleases us. In a very real sense, that is what can make our lives seem like the shipwreck. We can go on with things so far and then so often we hit hard times and suddenly sit up and think, ‘Is that all there really is?’ But as long as we make the best of it; as long as we ‘sing in the lifeboats’ we’ll be OK, won’t we?
There is, though, an alternative; an alternative that Jesus Himself provides for us. He declares that for those who follow Him: I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10b).
We may still struggle with the storms of life and God never promises that His way will be easy. But if our trust is in Jesus then we will not be left with just singing in the lifeboat. Instead we will be on the ship captained by Him and if we make sure that on life’s voyage we know Jesus as our captain and obey His commands we will reach the safe harbour of heaven.
Life doesn’t have to be a shipwreck when we know Jesus as Saviour and follow Him. The best life we can have is following Him – a new life that is going to last forever. Now that is a real reason for singing!