For those who weary of cheap answers and simplistic Christianity, I recommend the Psalms. The Psalms never dress up the truth to make it more palatable. Take this line:
“90:8 You are aware of our sins; you even know about our hidden sins” NET Bible
Yikes! God has found us out as the frauds we are. In fact, the gist of Psalm 90 is that life is full of toil and pain and to make matters worse, God is angry with our sins. Not exactly a pretty picture.
Nevertheless, though simple solutions are never proffered, there is usually an upbeat note in the Psalms. In this particular case, after a stint of confessing sins and asking for the Lord’s favor, the latter lines are infused with hope:
“90:14 Satisfy us in the morning with your loyal love! Then we will shout for joy and be happy all our days!”