The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked, (Proverbs 24:16)
When ‘to-do’ lists pile high, we have a tendency to say “Why bother?”
Why bother cleaning the house? It’s going to get messy as soon as the kids get home.
Why bother fixing supper? The kids never eat anyway.
Why bother calling Stanley Steamer? The Spaghetti-O stains will be back in a month.
It’s like skipping a pebble across a pond. As the stone gently kisses the surface of the water, a ripple effect occurs. The ripples in our lives can lead to a “why bother” attitude.
For me, the ripples that push against the outer banks of my sanity are: not eating right, not getting enough rest, not having enough alone time, neglecting date nights, and diminished quiet time with God.
Why bother Jesus?
I have friends in the South who recently lost everything in a violent rotating column of air. Tragically, this heart stirring event ushered in a “Why bother” attitude about Jesus.
Why bother Jesus? Because Jesus can…
Perform miracles, and
Comfort the broken-hearted.
Scripture points us to people who rejected a “Why bother” attitude.
1. As Moses high-tailed it towards the Red Sea, he could have said, “Why bother? We’ll never get across in time, (see Exodus 14:15-30).” Instead, Moses allowed waters of deliverance to drown any “Why bother,” attitude that may have been floating beneath the surface.
2. When Moses led the people of Israel through the desert, he was disappointed by all the grumpy people and by his ultimate failure. He could have chosen to say “Why bother leading these folks across a hot desert into the Promise Land. I won’t be able to enjoy it anyway.” But, Moses chose obedience and caught a glimpse of the Promise Land.
3. In Mark 5 a woman known as “daughter,” was plagued with constant pain and bleeding. Peeking through the crowd to see Jesus, she could have said, “Why bother Jesus with my problems. I’m not important enough to ask for help. Nothing else has worked so why even try?” I love how she leapt over life’s obstacles to get to Jesus in spite of her circumstances.
Why bother Jesus?
Because we can’t but Jesus can. He conquered death. He can interrupt our pain. He isn’t restricted by our fears. He sees beyond our limitations.
Maybe the question we should be asking is, “Why bother in my own strength when I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13)?”
Is a “Why bother” attitude stopping you from responding in obedience to God today?