God’s goodness is so vast and unsearchable that it blows my mind sometimes. Consider this excerpt from Psalm 145:
While I may not always understand His ways, the statement from Psalm 145 is nonetheless true. He certainly allows hardship and difficulty into our lives for reasons that are not always clear to us, but God’s character is fundamentally one of goodness.
What I struggle with (if I’m honest) is that He is good to everyone. Sometimes I question why He chooses to release blessings to certain individuals, but then I have to catch myself and correct my thought process – and often, I do this pretty late in the game. After all, who am I to dictate to God what He should do with His blessings?
God loves everybody, but His love does not mean that He accepts or condones everyone’s actions. However, the Bible indicates that God chooses to release His blessing and provision to whomever He chooses, according to His will (even when it doesn’t make sense to me):
“For He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”
Matthew 5:45b (NASB)
So, rather than trying to understand this, I just choose to accept it. To these passages in Psalm 145 and Matthew 5:45b, I simply say the following: “Yes and amen.”
You see, I don’t want to miss my blessing because I’m too busy trying to figure out why someone else received his or hers. It’s honestly not for me to say. But I choose to believe that God has great things in store for me, and that He is in the process of working these things out in my life if I just continue to trust Him. If I keep my focus there, then I know my attitude will be right; however, if I start comparing what I have or don’t have with other people, then my attitude will drift into one of judgment – and such thinking dishonors God (and makes me look petty, too).
Here’s my prayer for today: Dear God, thank You for being good to everyone. Help me to stay in my own lane, and refrain from scrutinizing other people and how You may (or may not) choose to operate in their lives. To Your generosity and goodness – in my life, as well as in the lives of others around me – I say a wholehearted “Yes and amen.”
(In Your name I pray, Amen)