In times of depression, lonliness, or despair I am tempted to say like Solomon, “Vanity of vanieties; all is vanity.” (Eccl. 1:2a) Or, in other words, “What’s the point? Why am I bothering with even trying to get up in the morning? What is my life worth anyway?”
But I am reminded in 1 Corinthians 15 “that my labour is not in vain”. Paul is talking about the final victory over death. He says “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” Then in the next verse he says that the only reason there is a sting to death is because of sin. Death itself is because of sin.
“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory . .” This is not a victory over death, but rather in death. I think death was God’s gift to us. Once the world was cursed God knew that we wouldn’t want to live here forever anymore. Let’s move on to heaven where things are as they should be. Death is just a way for us to get from this sin-cursed world to heaven and the way that God intended for us to live.
God is giving us the victory over hopelessness. Verse 58 gives us the ultimate victory. It is a reason for continuing on, a motive (if you please) for getting up in the morning. “Therefore, my beloved brethren, Be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. In other words, Don’t give up hope, stand strong, anything you do for the Lord is not in vain.
So, once again I find the courage to get up and face another day because in Jesus, (singing)
“It will be worth it all, when we see Jesus.
Life’s trials will seem so small, when we see Him.
One glimpse of His dear face, all sorrow will erase.
So bravely run the race, till we see Him.”