Hey friends, how are you today? Happy first day of February. Did January just fly past? Was last month just a blur, a distant memory now? Remember today matters. Our desires and plans may be wonderful, which we surrender to the Lord. But today is all that we’ve been given, and our reality is what we have been left with, so with the Lord’s help we find joy in today. And we can find joy and beauty in this day because the God of the universe is with us. He has promised to always be with us and He is dependable and trustworthy. He keeps His promises.
Thank you, my friends, for your thoughts and prayers for me, when I shared with you my health scare. I appreciate you. I want to lead with the fact that after several more tests, I was given a clean bill of health, praise the Lord of Heaven. To Him alone be all the glory. As I told my husband, I feel as if I received a brand-new lease on life.
I was a bit troubled though (just a tiny, tiny bit) by my own excitement and gratefulness when I received this news. Is the Lord being any less good if a ‘clean bill of health’ was not my story? There are thousands of men and women across of the globe whose life story include pain, diseases, disabilities, and the like. Quite a few of these people love the Lord and enjoy a beautiful relationship with Him. Perhaps you too, may be included in this number. Is the Lord any less good? Does He love more those He gave a clean bill of health? As I waited for answers from my doctor, these questions needed to be answered first.
After the disaster of 9/11, quite a few Christian survivors shared their story of the Lord’s wonderful intervention in their lives. Some talked about that phone call that came just as they were about to leave the house. Others shared stories of the people or event or activity that caused them to inadvertently be somewhere else and all attributed that life saving gift to the Lord, as they should. But again, I wondered at those whose lives were lost because of this catastrophe. Were they any less blessed? Was this a sign that they were loved less by the God of the universe?
A few years ago, when I was a teenager (at least it seems like just a few years ago, my girls may say differently though) I wanted a job. I, along with most my friends in my neighborhood had just graduated from high school and we all talked about the jobs we were determined to gain. Of course, we made plans for our wages too. One by one my friends found jobs and went to work while application after application of mine, were rejected. I prayed and prayed and prayed and still nothing changed. Yes, I must admit, I thought it had to be because the Lord loved me less. He had to love them more because He gave them something I wanted. He said ‘yes’ to them and ‘no’ to me and so that just proved He did not love me as much as He loved them.
“Comparison” (they say) “is the thief of joy“, and they are so very right. TRUTH: I am not my friends, and their story isn’t mine. TRUTH: God is good and everything He does is good, all the time. TRUTH: The Lord loves us all, unconditionally, unwaveringly, unfailingly, whether we are saved or unsaved. He loves me, just as much as He loves my friends TRUTH: The love of God is not dependable on anything I do or don’t do. I do not deserve His love and I cannot earn His love. He loves completely because He is love.
We have been warned that trials and tribulations will be part of every Christian’s life. There may be very few similarities among our trials. Though the difficulty may be dissimilar, our response to the problems remains the same. Trust God.
The love of God is pure and true. He loves us in spite of us. This love for us is demonstrated especially among the trials when we see those solitary footprints in the sand. These footprints always belonged to our God because His faithfulness will not allow Him to do any less. No, my trial may not look like yours or maybe it does but God’s response to these various trials leads to very different outcomes in our lives. Each response to every trial is especially tailor-made for God’s people. It is fashioned with great care and love to primarily benefit the life of the one to whom it was granted.
I am loved and what the Lord does and what allows into my life is for my good. You are loved and what the Lord does and what He allows into your life is for your good, sent especially to benefit and prosper you.
Thank you for your prayers. How are you today?