A BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATERS
We do indeed live in a troubled time. The crime rate is perhaps at an all-time high. Broken homes are the order of the day, and juvenile delinquency seems rampant. Few are the families that have not experienced some rather serious trouble. However, it is not all bleak. There is a ray of hope in the trouble-filled world. God’s word is a bridge over troubled waters. It has the answers for time and for eternity. There would be much less money spent on doctors if we would avail ourselves of the help that readily awaits us. It would be hard to find anything more comforting than a few minutes each day with God’s Holy Word. It contains words of comfort and promise, and it gives us examples of those who overcame their troubles. There is the story of Job, whom the devil tempted and tormented in every way that he could think of. Yet, his faith in God was not shaken, and because he remained firm in his convictions to the point that he could say,” Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.” (Job 13:15). God blessed him more abundantly in the end than he had done in the beginning. There is also the story of Joseph who, because of jealousy, was sold into slavery; who, because of revenge, was cast into prison, but because of his staunch faith, was freed and made second in command of all Egypt. In the New Testament, we see Jesus abused and finally crucified, but we learn that in dying he shed his blood for the forgiveness of our sins. We see the apostle Paul persecuted and imprisoned for preaching the gospel of Christ. And we see him not dejected and bitter at his treatment, but rather, thankful that he was counted worthy to suffer for Christ, and we see him looking longingly toward that eternal home where he will be with his Lord forever and ever.
In the gospel of Christ, we are given a personal invitation to that eternal home. Jesus says, “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matt.11:28). He promises that if we will endure unto the end, a mansion awaits where all sorrow and troubles shall have ended. Yes, we do live in a troubled world, but the bridge over those troubled waters is open to all who will use it. Let us, therefore, desire that “sincere milk of the word” that we may grow thereby.