Where The Good Stuff Comes From
Posted: Thursday, July 20
2 Chronicles 1:1-3:17
Verse of the day:
I said to the Lord, “You are my Master! Every good thing I have comes from you.” (Psalm 16:2)
What is something good in your life right now? Your car? Are you loving your current wardrobe? How about your phone - are you thrilled with your phone? What about family, friends, or even your job. Are those areas going well right now? As a kid, it was so easy to come up with things I wanted for Christmas or birthdays. My Christmas lists for my parents were at times multiple pages of specific toys, video games, and other fun stuff I wanted. For whatever reason it’s harder as an adult to come up with Christmas and birthday lists, probably because I can now buy just about anything I want within reason.
For those of us who work hard, it feels good when we’re able to purchase something we really want. As a teen, I really wanted an iPod Video (pictured below). It was a whopping $250. For a teen, that was a lot of money, so it was completely satisfying when I walked to my local Wal-Mart and counted out the $250 in cash that I had worked hard to earn for my brand spankin new iPod. That was a very satisfying feeling - I worked hard to earn the money to buy something I really truly wanted. I earned that. I did it. Because of what I did, I was able to get what I wanted. Emphasis on the ‘I’.
Today’s Psalm is a smack in the face with a healthy dose of reality. Even though I work hard for the things in my life, every good thing I have actually comes from God. When we view the way the world works through these lenses, it can change out attitudes, priorities, and ultimately our lives. While we work hard to earn our paychecks, that job and revenue is a blessing from God. We put in the effort, but it’s God who blesses that effort and then bestows the gift. Every time we eat, every time we get dressed, every time we plug in our phone and get power it’s a good thing given to us by God. Today, remember that anything good that comes your way, whether big or small, ordinary or special, it has all come because God loves His people and wants to take care of them.