A Good Life

What is a good life?  I am sure that from time to time we recognize our blessings and probably thank the Lord for what He has given us.  Also, we will probably sometimes sit and ponder what we might could have or want if only.  Time is also a factor in this consideration; it passes so very fast.  We may spend some time wondering where it has gone, but then we move on thinking that there is always tomorrow.  We rarely spend time thinking about the fact that for us there may be no tomorrow.  Can we or should we change our way of thinking?

When God first created mankind He had hopes that it wouldn’t take us so long, but He always knew that He would have to send His own son to give us a new opportunity.  Just how are we doing with our second chance?  Jonathan Edwards once said “Pure gold shows its purity chiefly in the furnace”.  That’s something we don’t desire to spend time thinking about, but if we do we realize there is much truth in what he said.  The costly things of life often show up in times of tribulation.

In the beginning of time God called a special group of people that He might help us to understand.  Their job was to tell the world about who they were and how they were created, hoping that a better understanding would change the day and the days of tomorrow.  As you look around you today you realize that there have been times of growth and times of waste.  Currently we are living in a vast amount of waste.  What can we do to fix it?  You are right – as individuals there is simply nothing that we can do to fix our world.  However, we do still have an Almighty God who can fix anything.   Don’t you think it is time we call upon Him and then heed what He has to say?

Lest you think I am being a tad too self-righteous trying to tell you what to do, I had my opportunities and lost a lot of them.  My life has continued to carry some of those burdens, but I have finally learned that my God can turn ashes into a new vessel and how I thank Him for that.  Peter left us confirmation of this and it is found in 2nd Peter 1:19 -  And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts”.

 We, as God’s people, weren’t born knowing all things, it is a tough lesson learned by years of ups and downs, but it will be learned no matter whether we accept it or not.  Today we are living in a time which many of us think of as the beginning of the end.  The problem is that we fail to carry that thought to its conclusion.  Maybe our life does not actually come to an end; maybe it goes on and on forever in a different form.  While that is a scary thought since we are not eligible for an explanation at the present time, it will be.  The Psalmist, whose words were simply transferred to paper for our understanding as God designed, tells us - But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth (86:15).

If those words are truth, as we declare them to be, then maybe the best suggestion is to be open to hearing His voice; to offer the opportunity for Him to direct our actions and words, to ask for forgiveness and submit ourselves to His will, praying that our Father will give us His word for each day that we remain on this earth that He created with a goal and a promise.  Amen and amen!

How can it be we mortals cry
To hear the angel harps on high?
We thank you, Lord, for blessings scattered,
On all of us – and that it mattered.

                                                                            - C. Ingersoll