Most people blame others for our troubles. Its human. Its natural. The Bible, however, is brutally honest with the origins of pain and suffering and encourages us to grow toward healing by looking at the root of the issue—ourselves. Psalm 9 is a fantastic instruction manual on figuring out the cause of all our hardships: “The nations have sunk in the pit that they made; in the net that they hid has their own foot been caught…the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands” (Psalm 9: 15-16). The path toward salvation, feeling safe within ourselves, involves repentance from our sins, seeking forgiveness and forgiving others and then turning our minds away from sin and doing good. In order to experience God’s eternal salvation, that sense that all is okay in our lives, we must give up sin. The process of giving up sin is facilitated by looking at how that sin grew from temptation to sinful action. This process necessitates implementing a lens of internal inquiry to analyse cause & effect. The Bible makes it crystal clear that we cause our own misery and therefore we have the choice to straighten that out. Ultimately, when we understand and then implement God’s teaching in our own lives, we will discover a deeper faith, a sense of peace and broader comprehension of salvation. In this way, God’s Word truly becomes a precious gift as it improves our lives.