It may not seem like it now, but Brazil can get past this horrific, horrendous, hideous and horrible loss. Did I say it was a dreadful and almost unbearable loss? Anyway, the point is that they CAN get past it. The question is “will they?” I say they can get past it because my motto is, “it’s not that bad, it’s not that hard, and it can be fixed.” I offer this motto to the Brazilian soccer team and their rioting fans, as the reports of lawlessness in Brazil in the wake of the 7-1 defeat, I mean drubbing, make it seem like it’s the end of the world as we know it. It’s not.
It may not seem like it now, but your worst loss can become your best victory. Just ask Jesus. Lied on, falsely accused, beat and bludgeoned, lashed and lacerated, punched and pounded, flayed and flogged, Jesus should have been dead long before he even got to the cross. But He endured the cross and despised the shame, and now He sits at the right hand of the Majesty on high. Talk about a dramatic turnaround!
It may not seem like it now, but what you’re going through is not the end. In spite and despite how bad the loss, it in fact, it can be a new beginning. Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection indicated the beginning of a new agreement called the New Covenant; it celebrated the birth of a new organism called the Church, and it demonstrated the dawn of a new order called Kingdom of God. Don’t get me wrong; Jesus’s vicarious death was bad, but for us it was the beginning of something very, very good.
It may not seem like it now, with wars and rumors of wars, with the perilous times and precarious seasons, it just doesn’t seem like things are getting any better. Things are hard, but they don’t have to stay hard. Yes sin abounds, but where sin abounds, grace does much more abound. Remember, the more the Egyptians afflicted the children of Israel, the more they multiplied and grew.
It may not seem like things are getting any better now, and in fact at times it seems like things are going from bad to worse, but that’s the irony and the paradox of God. Sin and suffering can be fixed. Our Everlasting Lord can take evil and turn it around for it good; our Sovereign Savior can take wrong and somehow turn it around so that right conquers in the end; and our all and Only Wise God whom Isaiah called Wonderful can take the dark and speak “let there be light.” And guess what? There was light, and for us there will be light in our life, just like there was light in Goshen.
And so I entreat you to adopt my motto: “It’s not that bad, it’s not that hard, and it can be fixed.” Keep saying it until you believe it, and watch God make the crooked straight and the rough plain in your life.