Oh, what a merciful and gracious Heavenly Father we serve! He knows the circumstances in which we live, and He never fails to meet us there! Isn’t that a wonderful thought?
I’m not saying that, as a Christian, life will be the proverbial “bowl of cherries” some people make it out to be, or sound like. Some would have you believe if you’re not rich or at least comfortably well off, you’re living wrong for God. Others say that only humble humility and meekness in all your ways is the answer.
Well, I believe we each have our own “way” of feeling like we are living right. Not to say, either, that we can make up our own rules. That’s just to say, for instance, that some people have different aspirations. For me, living comfortably without a lot of the amenities many people consider “necessary” is just fine. We don’t have a microwave. We don’t watch television. There are certain festivities we simply do not partake in, regardless. Just things like that.
Along the same line of thought, there are some that would have you believe that life is a constant struggle, only to be relieved by making it to heaven. Part of that is true: we will never see trouble again once we leave this earth. Either by rapture or death, I will eventually cross to the other side, as all believers will, and OH what a homecoming that will be!
BUT… praise the Name of the Lord, there is so much more to the story than that! One of my favorite verses of Truth comes from the 27th chapter of Psalms. Allow me to share it here with you…
Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies. Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty. I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. (Psalm 27:11-14)
Did you catch that? My MOST favorite part… I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
My, what a Word that is! David is basically saying, he would just be absolutely lifeless, without strength, if he couldn’t believe that God’s goodness would be with him, in the land of the living! That means, he expected…as we can…to experience God’s goodness (and all that goes along with it), in our own lives, while we are living life for Him!
It’s not just about the “daily grind” or “makin’ that money”. There is so much more to life, and God wants us to experience all of that. All the joys, the benefits, the “reward plan”, if you will, is ours, as joint-heirs with Jesus in the overall scheme of things. You see, the work of salvation covered SO MUCH MORE than just our SALVATION. It’s about so much more than, “I get to go to heaven when I die”.
All the promises of God can be found within the Words He left for us to read.
The Holy Bible. For a book as hated, reviled, laughed at, scorned, and sometimes even BANNED, it still remains. No other piece of any document has lasted as long as God’s Holy Word, and it is no accident.
Go ahead and pick it up. Begin to soak in the goodness that you can have in the land of the living!