Devotional Thought

What’s the Answer When Things Go Wrong?

Bob stood in the cold rain watching the truck tow away his car. He thought back to the start of the day. If he’d known this would be “one of those days,” he would have stayed in bed.

Since his wife was in the hospital, Bob had gotten the children fed and ready for school by himself. The breakfast table had been a clutter of incomplete homework and a battlefield of tantrums. When the school bus started honking out front, the kids left in a hurry, and little Monica forgot her lunch.

By the time Bob delivered the lunch to her school, he was late for work and missed appointments with two important clients. The boss was upset with him all day.

Now in the growing darkness, with the rain coming in sheets, Bob couldn’t get his car started. What more could possibly go wrong?

As the tow truck drove away to the repair shop, Bob thought to himself, “I wish I could take my life somewhere and have it fixed.”

Has your life ever taken that turn from bad to worse? Does it seem that things go wrong more often than they go right? Have you longed for answers in time of crisis?

In the Bible we read, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). He wants us to come to him in times of distress. He has promised to hear us and help us.

Do you have a sickness to overcome, homework to supervise, appointments to keep, stacks of bills to pay, a car that needs repair? Look to your Lord. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). He cares for us like a compassionate and loving father.

Our Lord welcomes us just the way we are.  He knows that without Jesus, the problems of this world seem overwhelming. But for many, church is like a repair shop for people’s lives.

God’s message for you is one of love and forgiveness.  Especially when it seems like everything is going wrong, he wants you to know about the repair work he can do in your life.

Pastor R.