Stopping problems from putting down roots

Have you ever noticed how the Bible is packed with statements about God wanting us to worship, glorify and serve him?

And have you ever thought to yourself, ‘Doesn’t that seem kind of selfish? Why is the all-loving God so consumed with his own glory?’

Well, it’s actually for our benefit. Let me explain.

Last Saturday I conducted a marriage for a couple in our congregation. One of the things I talked about during the ceremony was that when you put God at the centre of your marriage, it’s harder for problems to get to the centre. Will you have some? Sure you will. But since your focus is on God, the problems can’t take over.

That same idea applies to us as individuals. When you put God at the centre of your life, it’s harder for problems to get to the centre.

The more we worship, glorify and serve God, the more we open ourselves to the joy God gives. That’s part of what I take from Psalm 16:11 (ESV): “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

I don’t think God wants you to worship, glorify and serve him because his joy depends on it—but because yours does.

When God has the prime real estate on your priority list, problems have no space to permanently put down roots.

By Matthew Ruttan

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