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SOMETHING GOOD

How we praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every blessing in heaven because we belong to Christ.1

Eph. 1:3

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I once heard someone say “Man, I wish something good would happen to me today!”.  Unfortunately I was not in a position to comment on the individual’s statement.  But if I were, I probably would have said something to the effect “When you woke up this morning, were you connected to tubes and monitors in a hospital? Was your obituary in the newspaper?”  I guess it is a classic case of the glass being half empty or half full.  If something bad didn’t happen to you, then that’s good!  Right?

In the book of Malachi, chapter three, the Lord promises us that if we are obedient in tithing, that He will pour out so many blessings that we won’t have a place big enough to put them (v. 10).  Don’t you think that too many times when we hear the word “blessing”, that we automatically associate it with material possessions?  Blessings can come in many forms.  Good health is a blessing.  A faithful spouse is a blessing.  A godly minister or preacher is a blessing.

Okay, so maybe your rich uncle Harry didn’t leave you a nickel in his will (something that a thief can steal).  Or maybe you didn’t get that promotion you thought was a sure thing (something to keep you away from your family).  Are those bad things?

But if you stop and think about it, something good did happen to you that no one can steal from you or won’t estrange you from your family.  The greatest thing in the world happened to you when you made Jesus Lord of your life.  Pretty BIG blessing I’d say!  When you have Jesus, everything else pales in comparison.  You have the Lord of the universe as your personal, 1.) Saviour,  2.) Provider, 3.) Guide through life, 4.) Comforter, 5.) ___________________(fill in the blank).  Yes, the God who created the universe and everything in it has time for you.  Wow, what a thought!  What a blessing . . . what a good thing!

“Well”, you might say, “What if I’m not a Christian?  Will good things happen to me?  Or will they all be bad?” I don’t know.  What do you consider “good things”?  I can say this, if you are not a Christian you don’t have the very best that life has to offer.  That goes for this life and the next.

Not getting anything from rich uncle Harry can be disappointing.  There’s no doubt about it.  But remember that rich uncle Harry was, after all, human.  And as humans, we have a tendency to sometimes disappoint other humans.  Not so with Jesus.  He’ll never disappoint you.  And that’s a good thing.

J. Boudreaux

 SUGGESTED READINGS:

Ps. 84

Malachi 3

1 The Living Bible, 1971, p. 946

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