Why do we do what we do as believers? What’s supposed to happen to you as a result of being a Christian? Why are we “supposed” to go to church, read the Bible, and help others? Why do we invest in church buildings, Christian education, youth and children’s programs, Christian TV, Christian music, Christian books, missions, and all the rest of it? What’s the point of all the time and energy put into weekend programs? What’s the purpose of the Christian life, or of Christian ministry?
Loving is easy when it feels good. That’s why they call it “falling in love.” In our 21st century western culture there would be very few marriages if the emotions weren’t overwhelming. But emotions come like waves; they rise – and then they fall. What do you do then? What do you do when you don’t feel like loving your spouse?
Interpretation is important. From one language to another, between man-speak and woman-speak, from the Bible to our own lives – interpretation affects us greatly. Assuming we understand can often get us into trouble. When facing both the good and not-so-good circumstances seeking God’s perspective can change so much about how you act and feel.
Do you ever feel like God doesn’t care? Someone says, “God is good.” And you respond, “All the time!” And yet part of your heart isn’t tracking. If God really cared, wouldn’t things be better? What do you do when you feel like God doesn’t care?