about our story changes when we stop trying to earn God’s love and start
to learn God’s love.
(Genesis 37:3-4 NLT) Jacob loved
Joseph more than any of his other children because Joseph had been born to him
in his old age. So one day Jacob had a special gift made for Joseph—a beautiful
robe. 4 But his brothers hated
Joseph because their father loved him more than the rest of them. They couldn’t
say a kind word to him.
1. Stand in awe of God’s
(Romans 5:10-11 NLT) For since our friendship
with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies,
we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. 11 So now we
can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus
Christ has made us friends of God.
Our “Chief end is to
glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.”
- Westminster Catechism
“God is most glorified
in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” – John Piper
(Jeremiah 9:23-24 NIV) “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let
not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches;
but let him who boasts boast of this, that
he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises
lovingkindness, justice, and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,’ declares the Lord”
“It is possible that God
says every morning, ‘Do it again’ to the sun; and every evening, ‘Do it again’
to the moon…
It may not be automatic
necessity that makes all daisies alike; It may be that God makes every daisy
separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the
eternal appetite of infancy; For we have sinned and grown old, and our Father
is younger than we.” - G. K. Chesterton,
2. See your situation with faith.
Choose to see your situation from the angle of
God’s love, rather than see God’s love from the angle of our situation.
(Genesis 37:5-8 NLT) One
night Joseph had a dream, and when he told his brothers about it, they hated
him more than ever. 6 “Listen to this
dream,” he said. 7 “We were out in the
field, tying up bundles of grain. Suddenly my bundle stood up, and your bundles
all gathered around and bowed low before mine!” 8 His brothers
responded, “So you think you will be our king, do you? Do you actually think
you will reign over us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dreams
and the way he talked about them.