Last evening, we began a study on what it means to be human based on the thoughts of the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. One of the primary things that Kierkegaard says about being human is the essence of needing to make a choice. In our lives, we sometimes fail to make choices, and we wrestle with what the Lord wants us to do. By doing so, we fail to fully be the creation God wants us to be. The essence of being human is also the ability to say, “I am God’s creation,” and to submit ourselves to the utmost will of our Lord.

We often find that this submission only happens through affliction and suffering. The pain of our situations force us to go deeper, and that’s when we fully acknowledge the Lordship of God. My prayer is that we will use the affliction in our lives to examine ourselves and know that we are a wondrous creation of God.