There is No Easy Street–Or is There?

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Do you ever dream of winning the lottery and what you would do with the money, even though you never buy a ticket?  I’m getting to the age where I can begin to dream of retiring, living a simpler life with less demands.  Many days when I’m fighting to get out of bed and get going, I run money numbers in my head until finally my self talk kicks in and yells “get up!”  It hit me this morning that I’m looking for Easy Street, perhaps a quest that I am not alone in.

Then my next thought was “There is no easy street.”  Jesus said that the road is hard and  the way is narrow that leads to eternal life and few find it, in Matthew 7.  In John 16:33 He said “In the world  you will have tribulation.  But take heart; I have overcome the world.”  In Philippians 3 Paul talks about sharing in the fellowship of Jesus’ sufferings, not just His good times.  We live in a sin soaked world that includes paying bills, wood ticks and drudgery.  We have bosses and things that we don’t want to do.  The first line in M. Scott Peck’s book, A Road Less Travelled is ‘life is difficult.’  Amen brother.

But then in the middle of pondering how it won’t be until Heaven that things finally get easier by design, I was hit with the verses of Matthew 11:28-30.    Jesus said, “Come to Me all who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest…My yoke is EASY and My burden is light.”  Ponder that for a minute…

In Jesus there is an easy street.  How do we get there?  Well, in Matthew 6 He tells us not to worry or be anxious, but to seek His kingdom first and the rest is just details.  In 1 Peter 5:7 we are told to cast our cares on Jesus and in Ps. 68:19-20 we find: “Thanks be to God who daily bears our burdens, for our God is a God who saves.”  Finally, in Philippians 4 we are told to be anxious for nothing, to pray for everything and the peace of God will guard our hearts and minds.  Those aren’t just words to fill up a page, they are real promises to cling to and to live out.

 

About Martha

I am an avid student of the Bible, having studied it diligently for over 40 years. More than that, I love Jesus and want to know Him and to show Him in my life. I am currently in the education field as an Elementary Principal, having degrees in School Counseling and Administration. I have also gone to Bible school at the Columbia Graduate School of Bible and Missions (now Columbia Biblical Seminary) in Columbia, South Carolina and spent summers in youth ministry as well as five years as a youth director in a Baptist General Conference church. View all posts by Martha

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