4Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; 5Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's. 6The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. -Psalm 103:4-6 (KJV)
A couple of weeks ago I was typing away on a sermon I planned to preach when my fingers began to get ahead of my brain. It seemed that anytime I attempted to type the words “good things” I inadvertently typed “God things.” After several episodes of this I sat back in my chair and thought, “Okay, Lord; what are you trying to teach me here today?” The answer came in a quiet conviction of how during those times when we experience the Lord’s power it becomes a “God thing.” The good we experience, whatever the situation, can indeed be Christ’s leading in our lives.
This isn’t to say the Lord will only work in the good which comes our way; far from it. Romans 8:28 reminds us “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Be sure to underline this important word “all.” This includes all we experience whether good, bad, or somewhere in between. What begins as a frustration or trying time may be one of those “God things” in which we will be challenged and strengthened in our faith.
Consider also that through the process of having our faith strengthened comes a wonderful development of personal growth, peace, and wisdom. You may not have seen the elephant just yet, but every succeeding trial can result in a strengthening of the total person we are intended to become in Christ Jesus.
Going through a rough patch right now? Do not despair or give up. Look at it as a God thing. Is your life in a good place? Be thankful and be watching for the God thing to come about. The Lord will being blessings, peace, joy, and grace, even in the most trying times. Claim this blessed promise today.