Summary: Life isn't fair. Life isn't just. How can I avoid being defeated by the truth that "in this world I will experience trouble?"
OPEN: Tom had never gone deep-sea fishing before, and once he was out at sea he began to think it was the stupidest thing he'd ever done in his life. Who would ever have believed that seasickness could be this awful? With every pitch and roll, Tom wondered how he was going to survive the remaining two hours of the trip.
About that time one of the deckhands came up to him and said,"Don't worry, young fella. Nobody ever died of seasickness."
Tom looked up and cried, "Oh please don't say that. It's the hope of dying that's keeping me alive."
How many of you have ever experienced car sickness or motion sickness?
Me too. It’s really unpleasant isn’t it?
It goes by many names:
• Travel sickness
• Air sickness
• Car sickness
• Sea sickness
• Even SPACE sickness (astronauts get “motion sickness” too)
It happens when our eyes get focused on something that isn’t moving while the vehicle we’re riding in IS moving. It happens a lot to me if I’m trying to read a book while I’m a passenger in a car. My eyes are focused on the book. The book isn’t moving …but the car is. My inner ear senses the motion of the vehicle. But there’s this conflict with what my eyes are sensing.
So, when we suffer from motion sickness it’s because there’s a conflict between REALITY - which our inner ear is experiences and a FALSE IMPRESSION – which is what our eyes PERCEIVE.
As a result we get disoriented and dizzy and nauseated.
It’s the difference between perception (of that which is not true) and reality (which is true) that gives us motion sickness.
I Peter tells us that we are travelers in this world. Peter says
• We need to “live (our) lives as strangers here” I Peter 1:17
• And that we are indeed “aliens and strangers in the world” I Peter 2:11
Now as we “travel” through this world we can get disoriented, because we may perceive things to be true that aren’t. And if there arises a conflict between our PERCEPTION of what is true and the REALITY of what is true then that conflict will make us uncomfortable and disoriented and we’ll end up with a form of spiritual motion sickness.
For example Peter implies that we can have this perception that life is should be fair.
But in reality life is not be fair.
Peter tells us we WILL encounter “unjust suffering” 1 Peter 2:19
And that – in this a world we WILL “suffer for doing good” 1 Peter 2:20
Now, that doesn’t seem right! That frustrates us because – we’re Christians. We serve the most High God, the powerful creator of the universe. Our perception is, that as Christians, we shouldn’t be suffering, but the reality is – we will suffer.
Jesus said: “In this world you will have trouble.” John 16:33
James tells us “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds...” James 1:2-3
Paul tells us “everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” 2 Timothy 3:12