We often choose our own desires rather than the will of God. But there is a great danger in compromising and making excuses to not follow God's commands. My experience with choosing my own will rather than God's ended up in a messed up college life.
If our life is like the sea and the storms of life started shaking our boats, how will we respond to it? Sometimes it is easier for us to trust God when the sea is calm, but true faith is revealed when the sea is no longer peaceful.
Sometimes we pray but it seems like our prayers never reach God. There are multiple examples of prayer in the Bible but one of them is often overlooked. The prayer of Jabez is an example of effective and powerful prayer because we know that his prayers were "granted".
As I read about the story of Icarus, I was able to reflect about how much we abuse the freedom God has given us. How many times did we become overwhelmed by our freedom that we forget the instructions of God to our lives?
The world is already filled with scoffers and mockers. Our calling is to become a light bearer, and that's what we must strive to become. Once we receive God's light of truth, our duty is to impart them to others as well.