Existential Crisis

Written By Phoebe Cheong, Singapore

Do you sometimes have bouts of insecurity where you fret about the future in general? If you do, don’t worry, you are not alone! But sometimes this journey really does feel lonely, doesn’t it?

There are times where I wonder why God couldn’t just drop a manual for life down and tell me exactly what He wants me to do with my life. That way, it would be easier because I wouldn’t need to worry about the future or wonder what I should do with my life. If I can sum all these thoughts up in a single question, would it not be “What does God want me to do in life”?

Although God never told us the specifics (who to marry, what jobs to apply for, whether or not we should get a dog), He did give us a manual for life, written by our Creator.

This manual doesn’t just tell us how we should live; it also helps us to know the Author better. You have probably guessed it by now, it’s the Bible! As we read God’s Word, we learn about God’s character and how to live in a way that pleases Him. Do you find it difficult to understand God’s Word? If you do, pray and ask Him to reveal His truth to you and give you understanding.

Now, what do we do with all the life-knowledge we received from reading the Bible? James 1:25 tells us that we ought to put them into practice. Anyone who has tried to do this knows that it is a lot harder than it sounds. That’s where we have to learn to ask God to help us obey Him. It is only through His enablement that we can obey Him.

But maybe you’re stuck at where to start. The Bible is so long and there are so many books and chapters to read. If this is you, why not follow a Bible reading plan that helps you read the Bible in a year, or use a daily devotional such as Our Daily Bread or Our Daily Journey, or enroll into a Bible study group to study the Bible together with others?

God knows all about us and desires us to know Him too. So, the next time you lapse into a mini existential crisis, remember that our Creator God has already revealed how we should live—through His Word, the Bible!

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