Let the one who is wise heed these things and ponder the loving deeds of the Lord. (Ps. 107:43)
WHEN TEACHING YOUNG PREACHERS about proclaiming God’s truths, I often spend a great deal of time discussing the importance of considering from which point of view one is preaching. Plain and simple, I ask: Is it God’s truth or the rubbish of humanity’s remedy for conjecture and living? I can usually tell in the title of a sermon where the focus of the truth is going to come.
The wisdom of Psalm 107 tells us that we need to consider the loving deeds of the Lord and from where those actually come—from the hand of God, not from anything we can ever imagine or try to invent. The Bible is about God, not us. Life is about God, not us. God has graciously given us both of these things, but even so, all of it is to bring glory to his name and kingdom. When we seek our own ways, we miss out on God’s goodness.
Perhaps today would be a good day to reflect on who is in charge of your life. Ask yourself: through which point of view will I live my life? Is it yours, or is it God’s? For when we have sought after the Lord, when we follow him instead of ourselves, life with our loving God—both now and in eternity—is unbelievably good.
Take time to reflect on how you view your life and decisions.
Jim Dunn is the vice president of church relations for the Wesleyan Investment Foundation. He resides in the Indianapolis area.
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