Life is a series of choices, and God lets us decide for ourselves on one of the most important choices of all–whether to focus on our problems, or on Him. Focusing on our problem weighs us down, and keeps us from seeing Him clearly. But even when we turn our eyes away from God, He's still waiting for us to acknowledge His presence. When we involve Jesus in our lives and let Him intervene on our behalf, we have perfect peace.
Some people turn to earthly sources to find the answers to their problems, but God's wisdom is infinite. When we shut out all distractions and study His Word, we discover that He's all around us. God is on our side, and He'll never leave us (Romans 8:31, Matthew 1:23). He's really all we need.
Life can be scary, but both the Old and New Testaments tell us time and time again not to be afraid (Psalm 27:1, Psalm 118:6, Hebrews 13:5). In ancient times when God's people encountered enemies who were more powerful, they didn't need to worry when they obeyed Him. David's small stature didn't matter at all when he went against Goliath in battle, because God was with him. Even when David made serious mistakes later in life, God didn't abandon him.
When Joseph was thrown into prison after his brothers sold him into slavery, God was with him even there. Joseph found favor with the warden and prospered after his release from prison, because of God's presence in his life (Genesis 39:21-23). Joshua was another example of how God promises to give us His presence permanently. There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee(Joshua 1:5).
Did you know that God created mankind for the purpose of establishing relationships? Genesis 2:18 says that in the beginning, He created Adam, and decided it was not good for him to be alone. He created Eve, and said she was help that was “meet” for him, meaning she was someone suitable (or proper) for him. Why did Adam need help? He needed help to develop out of self-centeredness. With Eve in his life, God knew Adam would always be challenged to consider someone other than himself.
God established the institution of marriage between Adam and Eve for the purpose of eliminating their “aloneness.” We need companionship for reasons far greater than just satisfying a lonely heart. With Eve by his side, Adam was forced to fight his selfishness. By loving someone else, he would become a better man.
This does not apply only to married people. This applies to every relationship we will ever have as human beings, including our relationship with the Father Himself. Yes, He wants to have a relationship with us! We were designed for relationships. Relationships far exceed having fun times together with friends. God views relationships as covenants.
We all need to learn to establish covenant relationships. We need someone in our lives to help us develop. For example, single people need to establish covenant relationships to help them grow out of selfishness. All relationships are designed to help us mature in unconditional love—the God-kind of love.
When we receive something we’ve earned through our own efforts, the world can attach strings to it. We may think we’ve succeeded when we’re finally able to afford the luxury car we’ve been wanting, the expensive resort home by the lake, or that big diamond ring for our wife. But cars can be repossessed, homes can go into foreclosure, and if we hit hard times financially, we may have to sell the ring. Trusting in the world’s co-called “blessings” can be unsettling, but God’s blessings can’t be reversed.
Seeking stability in the stock market, a big bank account, or financial investments can seem like a good idea at the time, but it can all shift and disappear in the blink of an eye. God loves us and wants us to benefit from the true wealth resulting from His eternal blessings, if only we accept them. Being born again and accepting His grace is a step in the right direction. When we believe in the blood sacrifice Jesus made for us, we become righteous and holy in God’s eyes.
In the Old Testament, the children of Israel were told to burn regular sacrifices on the altar to atone for their sins, but the Scriptures foreshadowed Jesus’ perfect sacrifice thousands of years later. “For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.…But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God.…For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified (Hebrews 10: 1-3, 12, 14).
The message here is that God never counts our sins against us or cuts us off from Him. Things aren’t always what they appear to be to the human eye, but sometimes we make the mistake of doubting God’s love when our sins block His abundant blessings for us. There’s no power in the universe that can take away the blessings of grace, abundant life, victory, peace, prosperity, joy, and happiness that God has already set aside for us. Jesus’ blood washed away our iniquities thousands of years ago, and God now sees us through the blood of His Son.