[God] gives His sunlight to both the evil and the good, and He sends rain on the just and on the unjust, too. --Matthew 5:45
A famous hip-hop artist was in two accidents with in a few weeks. He walked away from both unharmed. His tweet following the second accident read, “God must hate me lol”
Joni Eareckson Tada was 17 when she dove into a lake and broke her neck, instantly becoming a quadriplegic. As she floated face down, unable to move, her sister felt a crab bite her toes. She turned around to warn Joni about the crabs and saw her helpless body. Joni said, “If it hadn’t been for the crab, I would’ve drowned. I didn’t know God then, but now I see that He was there all along.” (simplegrace.com)
Bad things happen to everyone. How we think about bad things is a direct response to how we think about God.
Consider natural disasters. Hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados…they hurt both the good and the not so good alike. Surprisingly, they can be a reminder to us of just how gracious God is to us.
God provides the necessities of life for every human born on this planet. Many times we take His mercy for granted---until we experience a devastating blizzard with the mercury plummeting, or when summer temperatures soar into the 100s for days on end. Then we complain about how bad things are. But God sustains this planet on which we live in a marvelous fashion so that we enjoy night and day, summer and winter, rainy seasons and dry.
Unfortunately, we rarely thank God for the thousands of days of beautiful sunshine. How often do we stop to be thankful that, year after year, the flowers bloom? When was the last time you felt gratitude for your enjoyment of food, friendships, music, art, and so many other things?
Are you more like the hip-hop artist who missed God’s mercy of protection or like Joni who saw His merciful Hand of protection in the midst of life altering injuries?
Our merciful God always seeks the welfare both of His children and those who have not yet accepted His love and forgiveness. God is the grand master of mercy. His very nature desires to relieve us of the self-imposed misery and distress we experience because of our sin.
Your View of God ReallyMatters …
List three necessities of life that you take for granted, and without which you would soon die. Thank God for them today, and often.
Read God’s Word Daily…
The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. Psalm103:8 NLT
GOD, because You are merciful, I know You use bad things to draw me closer to You.
Based on the works of Bill Bright
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