Monthly Archives: May 2018

A Crooked World

Life often contradicts itself.

Yesterday, I took the kids to fossick for opals at The Grawin. Two of us worked hard digging and searching for opals; another one of us played in the dirt with no interest in opals at all. Who found the opal while having fun sliding down a mound? The one who hadn’t worked, of course!

Many things happen in life contradict our wisdom and sense of justice. The Teacher in Ecclesiastes says:

Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked? (7:13)

The simple message of Ecclesiastes is: God is God, we are not. The wise thing for us to do is draw near to God in humility and reverence. Recognise there are things we can’t control.

And as Christians, we know of God’s plan for this crooked world in Jesus, the One who broke himself to straighten us and the world.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

How to be happy

People want to be happy. ‘Do whatever makes you happy, follow your heart’ is the name of the game. I learnt this week that my children are called the ‘just happy’ generation… parenting is about doing whatever makes kids happy: ‘I just want them to be happy.’

The Teacher in Ecclesiastes gives three keys to finding happiness in this world.

1. Friendship: invest in relationships (Eccl 4:9–12).

2. A right view of God. Approach God in awe (Eccl 5:1–7), remembering that God is God, we are not.

3. Contentment. Happiness comes when we stop wanting things we don’t have and start enjoying things God has already given today.

We can live this way when we really believe, and keep on believing, that Jesus Christ will meet every need and satisfy every longing.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.