October 18, 2012

How great is our God?

As I get older, I’m gradually – and finally – coming to understand the wisdom and generosity of God. I think ‘understand’ is the wrong word to use because I’m nowhere near able to comprehend God. I should rather say ‘appreciate’. I am learning again and again that His plan for us is always for our good. Everything in His design is to bring about good.

For example, in creating us man and woman, and giving us to each other, it was for our personal good and the good of the whole world. When we mess with God’s design, we alter the good effects He intended.

My purpose is not to dwell on that scenario here and now. Instead, it illustrates a point I was contemplating as I walked home after Mass one recent evening: God knows what He is doing. Evidence that He does is written all around me... in nature, and in my own life if I but take care to see it.

I’ve been going through a period of questioning Him, bringing various issues to His attention in case He had overlooked a thing or two. I’ve noticed that forgetting to trust in His wisdom and generosity has had me in less than a peaceful state.

I’m not really sure what it was that prompted the initial thought about God’s plan always being for our good, but somehow it led me to think about all I have to be grateful for.  I know we all go through difficult situations, experience periods of spiritual dryness, have times of unhappiness, or sometimes feel lonely.  Even then, dear reader, in those very trying circumstances, God is working to bring about your good. It is not always a comfort to know that good may be wrought in the life to come (when I read Gal. 4:27 earlier this week, for example, I was not jumping for joy to be barren and unmarried.)

I do believe being willing to count our blessings helps us acknowledge God’s wisdom and generosity – even when He seemingly has overlooked a few details.  That too, is written into His design.  How many times does He caution us in Scripture to not moan, murmur, grumble, gossip, or grasp for something easier, quicker, more comfortable? Innumerable times in Psalms alone we are enjoined to give thanks, and that encouragement continues throughout the Old and New Testaments.

Ps. 28:7 “With my song I shall thank Him”
Ps. 69:30 “I shall magnify Him with thanksgiving”
Ps. 95:1 “Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving”
Ps. 107:31 “Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness”
Ps. 100:4 “Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.”

Here is evidence in God’s own words, how very precious you are to Him:

“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born I set you apart for my holy purpose.”  Jeremiah 1:5
“You are precious in my eyes and glorious, and I love you.” Isaiah 43:4

A Father’s love such as that could only ever want to do good for His child.  God the Father loves you, His most precious child, and He longs to give you every good and perfect gift (James 1:17). 

When you find yourself wondering what is going on in your life, questioning if God is still paying attention, or wishing your circumstances were different, spend some time with Scripture, or reflecting on the blessings you can find in your life.

How great is our God.

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