One of the things Jesus was known to do from time to time was to cast demons out of people. I imagine it was an amazing thing to watch. Jesus spoke a word and the demonic being that was troubling some poor individual was gone. A person’s life was dramatically changed. A life that was once horrible, dark, and despondent came into light, mercy, and hope. Once, after having cast out a demon, Jesus gave this instruction: “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it swept and put in order. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first.” (Luke 11:24–26)
There are plenty of things in this world that can cause a person despair, and there are many ways a person can find help. There are many ways to clean a house. The important thing in life is not to stop with a clean house. The goal is to fill that house with a new occupant, someone who can handle the “bad guys”. That’s a job for a sheriff. Jesus can be so much more than a “friend” of yours. He wants to be the new sheriff in town. When Jesus is the sheriff in your life, you aren’t afraid of bad days ahead. Jesus will help you face the challenges because He’s on your side.