My family had a tough week, but God is still good. After a battle with dementia, my aunt died on Wednesday. While we will miss her, she is rejoicing with her Savior. My aunt had placed her trust in Jesus Christ. Those of us who trust Christ will have the same blessing when our earthly life is done.
Friend, if you do not know the joy of trusting Christ do not hesitate. He is waiting for you with open arms.
We face many difficulties in life. The pain seems to push us into the thinking that God is not good. We question whether good can come from difficulty or not. However, God has shown us so many times how good He is. When we forget, God’s Word brings a much needed reminder.
God has also gifted many with writing beautiful words and music. I love the song “You are Always Good”. The music was written by Jonathan Hamilton who suffered much in life (but now is rejoicing in God’s presence). The words were written by Chris Anderson who has written many modern, Biblically-based hymns. This song is the prayer of my heart – for myself, but also for many I know who struggle to remember that God is good. He will remind us when we ask.
“Comparison is the thief of joy.” -Theodore Roosevelt
Trying to compare ourselves to other people is useless. In fact, it will only drag us down. The only comparison we should make is to Christ. Such a comparison is humbling and freeing at the same time. I fall short of Christ’s standard of perfection (Romans 3:23). However, to know that He loved me in such a special way that He would die for me (John 3:16) brings freedom from the awful weight of comparison. Jesus Christ knew who I would be (including my sins) and died for me any way (Romans 5:8). Such a beautiful thought.
So the next time you start down the path of comparison, make sure Christ is in view. He will give you the best view of yourself. His.
No matter where we are in life, we have good days and bad. Living in a sin cursed earth with sinful people means there will be hardship. But God is good no matter what happens so we can rest in Him and find joy. When it is hard to find comfort in trials, God’s Word is a great help. His Words allow us to know the safety of His care and help us rest in Him.
No matter what you are going through right now, know that God loves you and comfort is yours if you just ask.