Did good things come your way this week? How about today? It seems funny how quickly we lose sight of the good things in our life at the first sign of a problem. Sometimes we get so caught up in the immediate that we forget all the blessings of yesterday, can’t see the ones of today, and the tomorrows seem just too far away.
Take, for instance, the two friends who met on the street just last week. The one was clearly upset and on the verge of tears. His friend asked, ”What has happened to you? Has your world crumbled in?” The very upset man replied, ”Three weeks ago, my uncle died and left me forty thousand dollars.” His friend replied, ”That is a lot of money.”
Yes, the man went on, but you see two weeks ago, a cousin I never even knew died, and left me eighty thousand dollars free and clear.” His friend replied, ”It sounds like your blessings abound.”
The man quickly interrupted, ”Last week my great-aunt passed away and I inherited almost a quarter of a million dollars from her.” Now the man’s friend was clearly confused as he said, ”I fail to see your problem or understand why you are upset.” The man replied, ”Because this week, I have received nothing!”
Good things come from God and sometimes we come to the point that we just expect them, even those good things not promised. So, when the good things seem to dry up or they don’t arrive, feelings of being lost, forlorn, or even sour can set in. In our haste of wanting more, it is so easy to lose sight of what we already hold. Therefore, no matter what may come along our path we must always remember that all good things come from God and the praise must continue.
God’s goodness shows His great love for us. It tells us what He is really like. When we stumble on our path too often our focus quickly shifts to the rocks in our way and our memory suddenly fades. We want the good things to never end but too often the good become insatiable and the desire for more syndrome kick in. The good becomes not enough or we moan and complain about the good of the past because the current doesn’t look so promising.
God’s goodness comes from His grace. It is His grace that keeps us sustained no matter the trials or stumbling we face along the way. It is the good we must never forget for He is the good of the past, present, and future. We don’t play the game of life by our rules because we will never win. But with His grace lending in our direction goodness is always in the path. So, let us not forget the goodness of His grace and the need to praise Him for it.
Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things He does for me. Psalms 103:2 (NLT)
Blindness to What We Already Own
There was a wealthy man who held an incredible collection of art. His appetite for artistic creations was clearly seen throughout his home. One day, he learned of an artwork that he became determined to own. He sent his agent throughout the world to search and obtain this treasured piece for him. After many months of investigation, the agent reported that the artwork was found. In addition, he learned that this magnificent work of art would not cost him anything. This is because he already owned it. The rediscovered piece was sitting in a warehouse the wealthy man owned with other treasures that were never uncrated.
How often are we like the man? Always looking for more and blind to what we already possess. It is so important that we never lose sight of God and all His goodness. No matter what we may feel we are missing today we still must praise our Lord. If we stop we will see the good. The good of yesterday and even the good of today in the middle of the trials we may face. But more importantly there lies the good of the future and it is that good that trumps all the other good things ever experienced.
God promises that one day we will live eternally with Him in the kingdom of Christ. No matter the hardship we may face we still must praise the Lord. But it is His grace that continues to remain faithful to us even when we are not faithful to Him. For He remains by us never turning His back on us. He is with us even when it seems we have endured so much we have no faith left. He has given us Himself for what more could we ask?
Keep Your Praise On
In John Wesley’s Journal, April 21, 1764, he tells of visiting a woman who was ill in bed. While he was there he learned that after burying seven of her family in six months her husband was lost at sea. Yet, a smile remained on her face. John asked her if she did not stress over the loss of all those things. She replied by saying that she had no right to be upset over the will of God. That He gave her Himself and because of such, she loves and praises Him every moment.
It is this dedication of praise that is a model for us and the one that sees the bright future with Him. Praise can indeed overcome circumstances no matter how bad they may be. For even when your faith is so weak there seems nothing left He remains faithful to us. He continues to help us and carries out His promises. He is always faithful for He cannot deny who He is. (2 Timothy 2:13) And that alone should keep our praise going.
So, be challenged to keep on praising remembering the good things that God brings to all the days. Allow your faith to keep you strong no matter what, knowing that one day you will reside with Him. Be motivated in knowing that all good things of the past, present, and future derive only from Him. Surround yourself in the comfort of knowing that He loves you so much that He remains faithful even if you slip. So, get your praise on and stay focused on the fact that not only do good things come from God, God is the good thing!
Love in Christ,
The only way God can show us He’s in control is to put us in situations we can’t control.
Steven Furtick, pastor
What are your thoughts?
Do you lose sight of the goodness of God when facing opposition? Are you aware that the good things of your life come from Him? Do you keep your praise on all the time? Join the discussion on the good things of God.