From the Kitchen Table
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you. Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord. Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart! Psalm 32:8-11 This life can be as big or small as you want it to be. God made it that way. God’s will for us is a big life where you and I live in the steadfast love of the Lord, trusting Him for the big life. If you read all of Psalm 32, you’ll find that sin is what limits this life. You see, a big life isn’t determined by where you go but what you do or how you live this life. The words that come from God’s Scriptures and God’s Spirit will show us the way. Sin saps us for health, energy and joy because sin is about self. When we make this life about us, it becomes very small. Self is very, very small when we compare it the solar system God has created to orbit around the sun or the Son. God is calling us to a life of “love” and “joy” as we trust in Him. He made us for this big life of love. But we can’t get there until we acknowledge and confess our sin. Be real with yourself. Do you have Joy? Do you know love? Are you free to love and appreciate others? Can you hear the voice of God? Disbelief and disobedience will let the sorrows of sin detain and dominate our lives. If we’re going to live this big life God has made for us, we’re going to have to listen to and live in what we hear God saying to us along the way..