To properly anticipate goodness, one must know what is truly good in the first place.
And that can be a difficult thing to do.
Some of us believe money is the one good thing that we will ever need to solve any of our problems while others may think it is a relationship, a possession, or even the willingness to wait on God to solve all of our problems while having to do nothing but stand by and do nothing in the process.
None of those things on their own can truly engage the many problems we have in our everyday lives.
Of course, money can be a good thing if used responsibly but what good would it do us if we don’t know how to spend it?
Relationships can do wonders to change our perspective on life in a positive way but what could it do us if we don’t know how to maintain one?
Possessions can be used to do wonderful things in our lives and the lives of others but would good would they do us if we don’t know how to manage them?
And it’s no surprise that waiting on God in the right moments can allow for some truly awe-inspiring miracles to be witnessed but what good would that do us if it left us unable to stand on our own two feet and put into practice what God has taught us?
What good does it do us to gain anything if we remain the same in the process?
No good, no good at all, that’s the answer to all these questions.
The best things that we can ever gain in life are the things that allow us to grow and develop as individuals.
I’m sure we’ve all heard that old saying “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
There’s something self-evident about this quote that speaks to not only what it means to live a good life as a human being but also to live as productive and effective a son or daughter of God.
Scripture can clarify this point even further.
Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, 14 for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. 15 She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. 16 Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.
With wisdom, your wealth will grow because you become someone who can better manage your money.
With wisdom, your relationships only grow stronger because you become someone who can better understand and connect with the people around you.
With wisdom, your possessions will serve you far beyond your expectations because you become someone who can better maintain and upkeep with whatever you are blessed with.
With wisdom, your waiting on God will bring for signs and wonders that you could only dream of because you become someone who can better deny himself so that the fullness and richness of God can flow through you with no opposition or resistance.
To anticipate the good in any situation is to anticipate the wisdom that any experience can bring you.
Anticipating goodness for a friend going through a difficult time?
Instead anticipate and search for the wisdom that will allow you to be able to comfort and support them so that if you ever find yourself in a similar situation with someone else, you will be ready.
Anticipating a financial breakthrough?
Instead anticipate and discover the wisdom that yields good and resourceful spending habits so that when your money eventually does find you, it won’t leave just as soon as it came.
Anticipating a new car?
Instead anticipate and find good driving habits and exemplary care of the car you already own so that when you finally have enough to get it, it will serve you well and effectively for many decades to come (and look dope while doing it).
Anticipating for God to make a move in your life like never before.
Instead anticipate the wisdom that he has in store for you so that when God is finished with you, you will be ready for the work that comes next.
Wisdom is so much more valuable than things like money or possessions because unlike those things, along with most other things in this world, wisdom can never be taken away from you.
When you gain wisdom, true wisdom, you at that moment, become a better version of yourself than you were just a moment ago.
With every step, wisdom brings you closer to the person you always had that potential to become.
So treasure wisdom and anticipate wisdom at every opportunity and in every situation because with every truth of God that becomes written on your heart, the closer you become to being complete.
2 My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
The one who gets wisdom loves life;
the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper.
Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might
This is 30 Days of Growth: Day 11
Be wise and thanks for reading.