“Human history is the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.” (C.S. Lewis)
God has placed in us, I believe, a deep desire for satisfaction and joy. We look everywhere in the world for that which will fill our souls—sex, food, money, relationships, prestige and reputation, comfort. Most of our financial troubles come, for instance, because we are spending more than we should to try to gain this elusive joy.
Jesus was (and is) always trying to teach us to trust Him more. Everything in His kingdom operates on faith. Therefore, expanded faith means that God is released in the sphere of our lives and ministry more. He is more greatly glorified as we are more greatly dependent.
Every day we encounter different people and are faced with different circumstances. Luke records, in very deliberate manner, a running overview of Christ's daily encounters in order to help us see this clearly and navigate each day spiritually.
There are many moments in life when the greatest need is to unleash your concerns to another. To let the deepest worries and burdens of your heart be known to another. Sometimes we need to just be heard or to process aloud before a caring heart. Often, we need some good counsel in response.
Life is a series of decisions. One after another, beginning in childhood, we are called upon to make choices. Some of these are minor and not harmful (“What shirt will I wear today?”), but others are life-altering (“Who will I marry?”). Our life is determined by these decisions. Even seemingly small decisions can determine the trajectory of our lives.