One of my all time favourite books Pride and Prejudice has this brilliant line – “Oh Mr Bennett. God has been very good to us.” Said by Mrs Bennet in her dulcet tones (not!), remarking on the marriages of three of her daughters. It’s not the most memorable of lines but there’s something to be said for remembering and giving thanks to God for all the blessings in our lives – large and small.
This morning my 4 year old’s first conversation of the day included thanks to me for his minion drink bottle that sits beside his bed (shout out to KMart for that!). He has had it for several weeks, but obviously decided to express his gratitude again this morning. And for me that became one of the blessings of my day.
It says in Psalms “Be at rest once more, O my soul, fort he Lord has been good to you.” (Psalm 116:7)
A soul that is not at rest is worried, agitated, disquieted, stirred or stressed. It can easily happen – an email bringing pressure or stress, unexpected news or a bill, a difficult conversation, thoughts even. We encounter many things throughout our day that cause us grief. Circumstances that cause our soul – our mind, will and emotions – to be anxious. This verse though gives us a key back into rest – into peace. When we remind ourselves of all that God has done for us we become more aware of His care and love for us. It causes us to magnify God over our circumstances, the heavenly reality over the earthly reality. It becomes difficult to remain anxious and worried when you are filled with awareness of the goodness of God around your life.
God is good, all the time! All the time, God is good.
“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.” (Psalm 34:8)