We were made to celebrate God’s glory and find fulfillment in him, but our preoccupation with ourselves and the idolatry of things has left us far short of God’s plan for us. Nevertheless, Jesus offers to restore us to the stewardship God intended where we can find peace and fulfillment celebrating God’s glory once again.
Instead of grieving losses, the world typically addresses loss by avoiding the loss, blaming others and themselves, and controlling what they can. These tactics eventually lead to despair, but trust in God’s goodness and control can provide hope for the future and strength in the present.
We are all separated from God and subject to death, decay, and isolation, even in life. In the midst of our decay, self-centeredness and self-deception leave us functioning as if we are like God. Consequently, we neglect others and end up damaging those around us.
While we’re tempted to make and control our own environment and destiny, we’ll find true rest and fulfillment when we learn to delight in the Creator and enjoy his creation.
Searching for security and significance in our own efforts only leads to restlessness and reveals our distance from God. If we want real rest, the solution is intimacy with God.
Broken people matter so much to God that he pursues us despite our guilt and shame, restores us from our guilt, and heals us. And when he has changed us, it’s easy to see the value of others since he values them so much.