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You may believe in Jesus and do the things expected of a Christian, church, prayer, nice manners, etc. but have you ever wondered how to get into God’s good books?

Having received the tabernacle, our fathers under Joshua brought it with them when they took the land from the nations God drove out before them. It remained in the land until the time of David, who enjoyed God’s favor and asked that he might provide a dwelling place for the God of Jacob. But it was Solomon who built the house for him. Acts 7:45-47 (The Message)

Does it ever seem like God likes everyone else but seems to have missed out on you? Do the benefits others talk about, in the Christian life, seem to escape you because life is just hard and it provides little, if anything, to be happy about? If so, I want to suggest something to you. There is more to the picture than meets the eye!

What do I mean? Well, being happy is a good thing, enjoying material and emotional security is a good thing, but these are not the be all and end all. Realizing that, despite the harsh and hard circumtances of life, God is for you! This is a hard thing to grasp but in the Bible it is seen as true. David, who enjoyed the favour of God spent most of his life being sidelined by his family, ridiculed for his size, chased by the kings army, and tempted to murder for the love of a woman. He was, however, a man on whom God placed responsibilites and brought good.

As people who wish to follow Jesus the most important truth we can grasp is that to be satisfied with much or with little is the secret of happiness. That God places his favour on us isn’t seen by the quantity of our material possessions, or a lack of worry or trouble, it is seen in the quality of our spiritual walk with Jesus despite these.

May we know the joy of being satisfied whatever we have or do not have in life and may we embrace the path of spiritual life with Christ to sustain us through all worries or trouble. Amen.

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