Isolation Introspection – 13 May 2020

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.

James 5:13

A broken yo-yo stops “coming back up.” It stops returning to the hand which releases it. As Christians, we should never stop returning to God, whether we suffer or find joy and happiness!

I love this verse because it reads like a proverb. Everything we experience must draw us back to the Lord. The Christian heart is tethered to the God of the Universe! Whether we experience great blessing or great trial, we root ourselves to God. We come to him with both our desperation and our delight.

Every element of the Christian life is about our relationship to God. Piper says this:

“[The purpose of the gospel is] seeing and savoring God himself, being changed into the image of his Son so that more and more we delight in and display God’s infinite beauty and worth.”

John Piper, God is the Gospel, 45

The point of the Gospel is to bring us into relationship with God. As we live out that relationship, we must commune with him, both in thankfulness and in our requests for aid. Do you live this way?

The “Isolation Introspection” series started as an opportunity for me to encoruage members of our Bible Study with daily reflections from the M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan during the 2020 “Stay at Home” mandate in Los Angeles. I’ve moved them here so that they can be shared easily, and perhaps benefit others. I hope you enjoy!