I came across a powerful quote recently, and says what I’ve been believing much better than I ever could. It’s based on the following scripture:
“But how is this true, when God oftentimes withholds riches and honors, and health of body from men, though they walk ever so uprightly? We may therefore know that honors and riches and bodily strength, are none of God’s good things; they are of the number of things indifferent which God bestows promiscuously upon the just and unjust, as the rain to fall and the sun to shine. The good things of God are chiefly peace of conscience and the joy in the Holy Ghost in this life; fruition of God’s presence, and vision of his blessed face in the next, and these good things God never bestows upon the wicked, never withholds from the godly…” – Charles Spurgeon quoting Sir Richard Baker
Wow! If we could truly grasp this truth, we would save ourselves and others from years of questions and misery! You know the kind of questions I’m talking about: “Why is this happening to HER, who loves You so much? What have I done to deserve this? Do You even love me, doling out all this pain on me? How can you let this happen?”
I know of several women who had their babies die in their arms, people who suffer from all different types of cancer, those with chronic illness or permanent disabilities, people who’ve lost loved ones, people who have had times when they weren’t sure if they could feed their families. And most times, those people possessed all of the “good things” mentioned in the quote.
And I’ve also known those who had great wealth, health, and were revered by many. But most of them had NONE of the “good things”.
One thing I know is that pain meets each of us, and yet we all have at least some good, happy days. Because God indiscriminately pours them down on each of us. But it is never those cheerful moments that those genuinely “good” things are noticeable. It is when a woman who has had several bouts of cancer, and is painfully entering her last, still smiles, and still displays a peace that passes all understanding! I’ll bet she knows about these good things and is probably so grateful to have them.
There are days that are so dark and fearful, but somewhere inside me is peace, a mysterious kind of joy, and a deep knowledge that God is right next to me, holding my hand all the while.
To me, these are not good things. These are GREAT things!!! What an amazing truth!!