As the station manager of KTIS, I often have a front row seat to view the work of God in the lives of those who listen. I received one email recently from Linda who told me about their family emergency. Her husband of 35 years was rushed to the hospital for triple bypass surgery. She called it the “most difficult time she has ever had in her life” yet she continued to cry out to Jesus for healing and support.
I recall another impactful letter from Ben who shared that God had called his daughter home just a few days after she was born. As you can imagine, their family was devastated and wondered why God would “take our child so quickly.” As time goes on, and they adjust to their new normal, Ben shared that the Lord continues to work in their lives providing them the assurance that they will indeed see their little girl again. He also reminds them that they are not alone and that He is with them.
And there was Jennifer, a 15-year cancer survivor. Imagine her trepidation when her doctor confirmed that he had found a new lump. After mammograms, ultrasounds, and biopsies, she shared the great news, “I don’t have cancer!” Jennifer walked through the situation with confidence that God was with her every step of the way.
Life is not easier with Jesus. It’s also not more convenient, pain free, happy, financially rewarding, perfect, comfortable, or 75 and sunny. But, living your life with Jesus is better.
I have passion for basketball so I’ve been coaching my son’s 7th grade team this year. I find great joy and satisfaction (and sometimes frustration!) in developing boys as they learn the basics and fundamentals of the sport.
When my son hits a three-pointer as the buzzer sounds for halftime, he runs over to me sitting on the bench and gives me a fist bump as we quietly celebrate. (It’s apparently “not cool” to embrace your dad on the sidelines). Carson knows and understands that I will feel his joy for a job well done. In the good times, Dad smiles and says, “Enjoy the moment, my son.” Then, when the game is on the line and my son turns the ball over or misses a free throw, he looks my way, wondering how I will respond. I don’t do him any favors by being disappointed. Instead, a quick handclap and words of encouragement are all that he needs. He knows the circumstances, as do I, and my son is aware that his father is on the sidelines saying, “Hang in there, Bud, we’ll get through this.”
God is the same way with you. But He loves you more (times infinity) than any earthly father could.
If you are going through a difficult time today, know that you are not alone! The Bible is full of encouragement for you:
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:2-4).
“But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many” (2 Corinthians 1: 9-11).
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
Please never forget that your Father, your heavenly Father, is not only on the sidelines giving you the necessary coaching that you need through His word, He’s also available to come in the game with you – if you ask. If you’d like to find out more about what it means to begin a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, please call me directly at 651-631-5045 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Life is better with Jesus.
— by Jason Sharp
Sharp serves as Station Manager of 98.5 KTIS in the Twin Cities.