Life is ironic. If you don’t believe me, here’s an example.
Who likes the Book of Numbers at first sight? How about Chronicles?
Some of us think that it’s too boring because of all the list of people and numbers of people in the Bible that doesn’t seem to have an impact in your life.
Yet, it does have an impact. One thing it tells us is that we tend to live numbered life. We may ignore how many people from the tribe of Benjamin or Issachar or Dan or any son of Israel for that matter ever entered the Promised Land. Yet we are bothered by the number of things that we have to do when we wake up in the morning. We are constantly bothered by the number written on our paychecks, the number of expenses we have, the number of time it takes for the sun to set, and the number of minutes I will be talking.
Isn’t it ironic?
Apart from that, we tend to box ourselves with numbers. We tend to bother with ranks. What’s the rank of the Philippines in the most polluted country? What’s my ranking in the best employees list? Did my child receive the highest honors in school?
Thus, we can say that we live in a life of ironies and numbers. Isn’t it amazing? I don’t know if you’ll accept that, but I do.
Since we’re already talking about ironies and numbers, here are some 5 ironies of life.
1. All problems down here could be resolved by looking up.
I remember when I was a kid, while riding the LRT to Monumento, I saw a sign in a school near Sta. Cruz that says, “Look up, young man, look up!” I did try to look up but I only saw the sky. I thought maybe the person who wrote this was high on drugs.
“Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray. My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.”
It is ironic, that here on this earth, the only way we could resolve anything is by looking up at the Lord. If we try to look at our problems we would just get depressed, anxious, disappointed, frustrated and or even lost. What we need to remember is that there is a God who looks down on us, why don’t we look up to Him and ask for His help and guidance.
Another point is that we tend to look up to people who have done a lot of good things in life. We look up at celebrities, politicians, pastors, elders or any people who are prominent. Yet we need to remember that they don’t have any power to resolve our conflicts in life. Thus, the person that we need to look up to is the God who can do everything for us.
2. The only way to move higher is by stooping low.
When we receive or want to receive a certain degree of success, we need to acknowledge the author of it all. We can never achieve anything by our own power. We can never be famous, powerful, rich, or successful through our hands alone. We have know that a King has helped us all through the process.
“And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:”
Similarly, there is an adage that said that “The Shortest Distance between a Problem and it’s Solution is the Distance between your Knees and the Floor.” The only real solution to any problem in life is when you go down on the floor in prayer. Many in this hall could probably attest to the power of prayer. We even formed a ministry out of it.
“Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.”
Thus, in order for us to go higher, to move on from our problems, to reach success is to pray and have daily communion with God.
3. Success in all areas of life is determined by pursuing only one area of life.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Just this week, I got the chance to listen to a handful of close people who had their own misfortunes in life. One complained that he was not able to establish himself like his peers. He was not able to work and buy the things that his friends have like gadgets, vehicles and the like. Another complained that her boyfriend suddenly changed. She felt that he changed ultimately after landing a lower paying job than her.
We all have similar complaints in all aspects of our life. We fret over our physical, mental, emotional and financial aspects of our lives that we fail to remember that the only key to success is to “seek ye first the kingdom of God.” The spiritual aspect is the key that unlocks all the other aspects. When we go down in prayer and when we commune with God through reading the Bible, we get this urge to be healthy. We also keep our emotions in check and learn to control our outbursts more. Furthermore, we also find that being a faithful steward leaves us not in want or in scarcity. Therefore, we need to keep our lines to God open and struggle to improve our spiritual life.
4. The most important things are often the ones neglected.
I recently read that the fastest car is the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. It runs for a top speed of 268 mph and boasts of 1,200 horse power engine. It is the fastest for 2013 insinuating that there will be faster cars after 2013.
Just looking at the picture of the car would want you to buy one. Imagine driving this monster in EDSA! You’d instantly become the laughing stock of the country. With the traffic, the 268 mph is not possible.
Yet there are people who try to buy one of these. They seem to think that it’s important to have one of these. Or sometimes, we pursue various things like a power, riches, fame, or pleasure. Little do we realize that there’s more to life than these. God is more important than any of these.
In line with the first three on this list, we often neglect to seek God. We neglect to pray at the most trying times and we fail to have a relationship with our Maker. Even if doing so is the simplest thing we could ever do. 1 Thessalonians sums it up into three things:
Pray without ceasing.
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
5. To achieve eternal life, one must die.
For Christians, this is one big irony. We believe that we could have eternal life and some of us here aim for that. Yet we are taught that the key to that is death. Of course we can’t all die, so we have an innocent man die in behalf of us. Which is another irony, for sinners to be saved, the sinless must die.
Jesus Christ willingly gave His life for all of us. He saved us from all sins and gave us the free gift of salvation. He gave it free of charge. He paid the ransom for all of us. Now we can live a sinless life through His example and look up to Him as our Savior.
These are just five of the ironies that my feeble mind could think of. Of course we can come up with some more. I hope we could be reminded by these messages.