My question is this: how many of us, like Jacob, live life completely unaware of the presence of God?
We can see God’s rule and commands as limits to our freedom and rebel against him, or we can choose to serve him. And of course, when we submit to God’s authority, we will discover that he is not oppressive but a refuge.
Pray with confidence today, because although things may look bleak now, we know that the future is glorious.
God laughs. Not because he approves of what these rulers and nations are doing. No, he laughs because he knows that although they seem powerful now, their time will run out and their kingdoms will fade.
We live in a society that defines freedom as the ability to do anything we want and has only one law: do whatever makes you feel good. The only problem with this philosophy is that the Bible teaches us that following all of our whims brings slavery, not freedom.
Here is a quick summary of Chapter 1 of the Book of Psalms: the basic idea, the main takeaway, and how to put it into practice.
This passage probably won’t make it onto any calendars or refrigerator magnets, but for those who are willing to listen, it serves as a reminder that the daily decision to build our life on God’s word is of utmost importance.
When Psalm 1:3 says, “In all that he does, he prospers,” it’s not only talking about material blessing; I believe it is speaking of prosperity in every sense of the word.
Life consists of seasons. In some seasons we will see visible fruit, and in others we will not. And that is ok. Focus on your source.
When we meditate on the Word of God we become like a tree that extends its roots into an abundant and inexhaustible source of life.
Psalm 1 makes it clear: only God’s word (or “instruction”) will give us the counsel we need to live a truly abundant life.
To wait for the Lord is to count on him. To place our confidence in him. To be strong and let our heart take courage. What (or whom) are you waiting for?
We are strangers and exiles on this earth, and we should not seek our reward in this life. That being said, we should not think that God has abandoned us here in this “land of the living.” No, he is with us, and he is good.
Now, God’s way may lead us through the “valley of the shadow of death,” but we can be sure of this: his path is always the safest place to be.
We can honor our parents (as the Scripture commands us to) and at the same time recognize that they could never take God’s place in our life.