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I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Psalm 27:13 (NIV)
We hear it.
We see it on clothing and as a framed quote.
It’s posted across social media.
“Life is good.”
The phrase rolls off our tongues and scatters across our devices. It takes the spotlight when our online friend or family member has a new boyfriend, a new pet, a new car or a new something.
Perhaps we believe the words are in order when we land the ideal job, get a promotion, win a contest or an award, receive good news on medical tests, or anything that makes us feel on top of the world.
But what about when life’s not good? What then?
There’s 3 truths to remember.
#1 Remember where our hope lies.
If we put our hope in the ever-changing nature of real life, at the first hint of things going south, we won’t be on top of the world.
No, we find ourselves at the bottom of the world—life’s pit of despair.
You see, I’ve never been a fan of the phrase, Life is good. And here’s why. Look at Merriam-Webster’s definition of good.
“The pleasant things that happen to people.”
Oh, I want pleasant things to happen to me. I’m betting so do you.
Sure, some days the pleasant things come. And I’m on cloud nine. But on other days, life’s pleasant things stay far away. Maybe they go on vacation or visit my neighbor.
As Christians, our hope lies in God—who He is and His character. He’s a good Father with a never-changing nature.
The Lord overflows with love, goodness, mercy, hope, peace, joy, compassion, patience, and kindness…all the good things I need and want. The things that matter.
#2 Remember we can’t count on life.
Life’s a mix of good and bad days. The Bible never makes this promise, “Life is good.” Not even after we become Christ-followers. Yet, God has promised good to us.
So, we switch our focus from “Life is good” to “God is good.”
#3 Remember the origin of good.
Good is not something God does, but who He is.
Life changes. God and His goodness never change.
Heavenly Father, I know You have plans for my good, bring good from all things, and offer hope for good in my future. My expectation is firmly rooted in You, not in life. Amen.