God is good.
Surely no truer words have ever been spoken.
But life can also be good, that is, only if we enjoy the life we have.
Sure life is a bit bumpy sometimes but every so often we are pleased to experience those amazing yet fleeting moments that just seem to make all the problems in life so worth it.
Life can be pleasant sometimes, life can be endearing sometimes, and no matter how difficult it may seem at certain at certain times, life can be very rewarding.
Life can be good and God is good, of those two things we can be absolutely certain of.
Yet let me expound upon what this statement actually entails.
Life can be pleasing from one moment to another without question but never all the time.
Say we’re poor, life becomes all about worrying about what few resources we have with only a few moments every now and again to truly relax and be at ease.
Say we’re rich, life becomes all about the struggle to stay at the top of our game so that we can’t lose everything we’ve worked for with one single mistake.
Say we’ve found some middle ground that we believe is just right for us, because of our human nature, we will eventually grow bored and disinterested with the rut that our daily routine seems to cage us in and as a result, we start to become more increasingly drawn to the idea of getting ahead in life such as getting a raise/recognition for our work or expanding our network of relationships to new and exciting domains.
Whatever the case may be in our lives rich, poor, middle-class, one thing is certain about each and every one of us…
we always want more.
We want more money, we want more love, we want more recognition.
It’s just in our nature.
And the fact of the matter for each of us is that when life simply refuses to give us one of the many things we want, we don’t enjoy living our own lives.
In our frustration and anger towards the innumerable aspects of our lives that we can’t control, we forget about all of the things we do have and we stand in a momentary disbelief towards all the good in our lives we have experienced thus far.
We are creatures of appetite and when life leaves us hungry and begging for more, we grow impatient and upset.
When we let fate control our emotions, when we allow things that may or may not happen decide what kind of people we are, we live in darkness.
We live in a reality where we are always the victim.
We live in a world where we are condemned to live constant fear of what we have to lose due to the fact that we allow the things we own to decide who we are.
We live in a constant state of worry.
We live under the ever-present fear of what life will do to us next.
We live in darkness.
To live your life at the mercy of whatever good fortune life decides to send or not to send your way, that’s not what Christian life looks like.
2 Peter 1:3-4
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
When we read and study the Bible, we come to realize how foolish it is to let something as wavering as chance or luck determine whether or not we can enjoy our lives or not.
We come to realize that in our devotion to God, we can still enjoy all the pleasantries that life has to offer us but when things get difficult we can stand and face our problems rather than be afraid of them.
When we learn to put God first in every aspect of our lives, we build a foundation for our emotions so that no matter what good fortune or bad luck will find us in each of our lives, we can rest assures that our wealth or poverty will NEVER define who we really are.
Life is good sometimes but God is good all the time.
In our willingness to not allow the arbitrary nature of life to control our emotions by finding identity in the kingdom of God, we find the hope that rises above all hopeless and the joy that endures through than any grief.
In our unyielding love for God alone, we find a light that shines through the darkness.