In today’s busy world we seldom have time to think about what our best choice for the day is. We get up in the morning running because we have so much to do. We will leave our thinking for later when things slow down. You, as well as I, know that things will never really slow down, at least when it comes to thinking about what our Lord would say is next. Is it possible for us to change our life’s programming at this point in time? It seems almost impossible, but maybe we can find time next week to consider it.
We are all familiar with the story of Job, a patriarch distinguished for his integrity and blessed because of it. Bildad, one of his close friends, noted that though your beginning was small, yet your latter end would increase abundantly (8:7). You may have wondered why Job was so severely tested when he obviously was faithful to the Lord he loved, but the lesson for those who could see was proof of God’s confidence in His servant. God’s ultimate purpose was to show His created man that He was and is a loving and merciful Father.
Do you ever question the results of your own life and wonder why it often doesn’t seem to stack up with those of your seemingly over blessed friends? Have you wondered what you could have done to disappoint Almighty God, feeling like you must have done something to warrant the troubles on your plate? Just maybe our Creator feels sometimes like checking to see how very much we love and appreciate the suffering He went through to bless and save us from our sin. You really don’t have to borrow a pair of glasses to remind yourself of man’s beginning and just where God placed him; in a lovely and sufficient place for all that was needed for both sustenance and the blessings of joy and peace. Are we aware of His original gift today and are we thankful for it or do we conveniently choose to forget it and wonder why He doesn’t clean up our mess in this world?
We all have the tendency at times to wonder why our lives aren’t as blessed as the neighbor next door. What did he do to warrant such a blessing and why not us? We are not bad people and we do attend church regularly or at least most of the time; we haven’t committed the sins of many in today’s world. Just maybe instead of looking at what we haven’t done we should look at what we have done. Have we thanked the Lord often for His love; have we sought to help another child of His in trouble? Maybe we will look for someone tomorrow when we have more time.
The Psalmist tells us that Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night (1:1-2) and I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth (34:1). If we are truthful with ourselves just how much time during a day are we actually aware of God’s presence and how often do we quietly say “thank you”? God knew and knows that we would not be perfect children and that we would often need reminding; His hope was that we would recognize the greatest gift He could give and be thankful for it because He truly does love us more than we will ever know.
I can’t know about you and your life, but I do know that I have been blessed more than I deserve. I also know that more than anything in this world I want to live a life that is pleasing to the One who gave so very much for me.
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine! Heir of salvation, purchase of God, born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.