Memorize Psalm 27:13-14
In Christianity, we have a term called “common grace.” This term describes the blessings that are common to all humanity. The sun rises every morning, common grace. Rain falls and waters the crops, common grace. You are breathing. Your heart is beating. Your children are laughing. Whether you’re a Christian or not, you experience all these things. That is common grace.
It’s so easy to overlook these simple, day to day blessings. We curse a flat tire, while forgetting that we live in a country where it is easy to own a car. We get mad at our job, while forgetting that we have the freedom to choose any job we want. We are upset with our politicians, while forgetting that in many countries corruption and oppression is the norm. We are obsessed with our weight, while forgetting that much of the world is starving.
We have so many blessings. We are so incredibly blessed just to be Americans. Our normal, average lives are so much better than the lives of others around the word. And on top of all that we have Jesus. We have been saved. We have been justified, sanctified and one day we will be glorified. Yahweh has called you to be His.
This week David reminds us that we can be confident that we will see the goodness of Yahweh in our lives. He then tells us to wait. Wait for Jesus with strength and courage. Why? Why would David juxtapose the goodness of Jesus with waiting on Him with courage? His goodness manifests in different ways for different people. What is a blessing for me may be a curse to you. Wealth is an obvious blessing, but for some it can lead to sin and become a curse. Therefore, even poverty can be a blessing, as the Lord uses it to draw you close to Him. Health is a blessing, and yet sickness can be a blessing that brings us closer to Jesus. The goodness of God is often something in our lives that we don’t comprehend. It’s the hard times. The difficulties that keep us up at night. These are also God’s goodness as He shapes us. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
May our prayers reflect the words of David:
Jesus, thank you for all your blessings. Thank you for my family, my home, my job, my cars, my food, and my drink. Thank you, Lord, for the sun, the rain, birds, animals, and plants. Thank you for everything. Thank you, for loving me. Thank you for conforming me to your image. Grant me the understanding to see how even the hard times benefit me. Allow me to see how the pain brings me closer to you. Give me the strength and courage to wait on You. Help me to look to you during the good times and the bad. Remind me of that my hope is in you, and you alone. Amen.