“For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.”
Have you ever questioned God’s goodness, or His ability to help you? If you haven’t, you are among a minuscule segment of humanity. I daresay every human born on the earth, both in the past and in the future, doubts God’s good intentions at times.
And when do those times occur?
For me, it’s when I make demands.
Help me, give me good things, make that person stop hurting me, don’t let me suffer. The problem with those demands is that they spring from an over-emphasis on one person: ME. Those demands have one goal: Make ME more comfortable.
I must come to the place in my life where I acknowledge that whatever circumstances come my way, they come by way of God’s hands first. They are filtered through His fingertips.
When I am hurt by someone or I experience suffering, my first question should be, “What do I need to learn about You from this hurt, Lord?” And the second should be, “How can I best learn it?”
The demands I listed may not be the same as yours, but most of us demand things from God that will make our lives easier. In God’s economy, a rough life is not the worst thing to be feared. A rough end to life is the thing most to be feared. Coming to the end of your life without having bent the knee to Jesus Christ brings a far worse life in the here and now, and it will culminate in a far worse place than we could ever imagine.
Jesus knows. The Bible says He went there for us so we would never have to.
As the verse above states, God’s truth will endure to the last generation of humans born on this earth. That gives me such peace and encouragement, because I have generations of my family coming after me who need to know and follow the Savior. After I’m gone from the earth, His truth will still be told and re-told in their lives. “But You, O Lord, shall endure forever, and the remembrance of Your name to all generations.” (Psalm 102:18, NKJV)
But I must do the best job I can to live out that truth while I’m alive, while my feet still touch the dusty ground. The eternal destinies of the generations who follow—my children, grandchildren, and their children—may indeed depend on the truth I allow to shine from my life.
Whatever hard circumstances God allows, handled His way, can become a beacon directing them back to Him. “This will be written for the generation to come, that a people yet to be created may praise the Lord.” (Psalm 102:18, NKJV)
Or, handled with anger, pride, and a why me attitude, those same circumstances can become a door slammed in their faces, cutting them off from the stupendous mercy and grace of the God who fiercely loves them and relentlessly pursues them.
What harsh life situations do you face? Have you determined to view them through the lens of eternity, and allow God to work on your behalf? “But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children.” (Psalm 103:17, NKJV)
May God give us grace as we diligently seek to live life His way, not ours.