If life is a journey, we’ll find the journey to be good if we trust in Jesus’ strength and remain single-mindedly focused on the Creator rather than the creation.
Suffering, injustice, and conflict are not part of God’s design for creation, but when it comes, he is attentive to his people and is pleased when we come to him in prayer, depend on him to endure, and long for the restored world he intends.
We often put as much effort into hiding and justifying our sin as we do sinning itself, only making it worse in the process. But when in the midst of our consequences we acknowledge our sin and receive God’s forgiveness, he disarms our disobedience and blesses us with his protection and direction.
Feeling our pain rather than numbing it helps shift our perspective from ourselves to God, helps us be more honest with him and ourselves, and connects us to him as the giver of life.
Self-determination and attempts at self-sufficiency invariably result in anxiety and restlessness. In contrast, vitality and fulfillment come with the meaningful and generous relationships that God establishes in community.
In Psalm 103 the psalmist speaks of blessing God, something which is easy in good times and more difficult in harder times. But whatever the circumstances, God is always worthy and we should always be in the mindset to bless him.
God, as the creator of all things, is like no other. And yet, in his love for us, he reveals himself to us and makes himself accessible. In his love he invites us to worship him and find life.
Recognizing God’s greatness and humbling ourselves before him prepares us both for worship and for communicating his greatness with others.