“Remember that God is All Good, All Wise, and All Powerful.” That was my reminder to my sister as I saw her and her husband into a taxi this morning, going to see a doctor about serious medical issues. Another couple I just got to know both came down with dengue fever yesterday. A friend texted me about multiple family problems. Is there no end to problems?
The morning that my granddaughter died, I confessed to the neighbor that if it weren’t for the confidence I have in my relationship with Christ and the assurance of a home in heaven, I would have no reason to go on living. Not that my life is so bad; it’s pretty good, really. But what would be the use of purely temporal pleasure or satisfaction?
Watching TV in an airport the other day I compared the shallow temporary goals that the programming was appealing to, with the goals that that give permanent satisfaction:
Shallow temporary goal: a perfect body, beautiful and healthy
Satisfying lasting goal: wholeness of soul and spirit
Shallow temporary goal: wealth
Satisfying lasting goal: God’s provision for today and eternal riches in heaven
Shallow temporary goal: admiration and acceptance
Satisfying lasting goal: to be loved and accepted by God
The goal of all advertising and programming is to create discontent. But God’s goodness, wisdom and power produce in me a quiet contentment that equips me to face today and every day.