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.
Even though the hope of the gospel won’t remove pain and grief from the losses of life, realizing the limits of life and resting in God’s love allows us to process our losses and become bigger people through it.
Grief is a necessary process for all of us because loss is universal in a fallen world full of broken people. But God can make us better people by transforming us with the hope he offers in Jesus.
We will never experience the fullness of God’s grace when preoccupied with ourselves. But when we relinquish our self-interests and focus on God and others, God is ready to pour out his generosity and kindness upon us.
Many in the past have missed out on the rest God intends. But learning from them, we can better understand how to listen to God and be assured of the rest that comes in walking with Jesus, even when it is difficult.
Sabbath is a vehicle of God’s generosity to his people for the sake of rest. Through it he redeems us from our slavery to work and self-sufficiency.
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.
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.
Jesus, the embodiment of peace, removes the power of the past over us, giving us peace and allowing us to live extravagantly by extending grace to others.