We hear it spoken. 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 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?
Good and Pleasant Things
Because 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. 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 that 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.Some days the good parts of #life go on vacation or visit a neighbor. #blog Click To Tweet
Or, the good things in life happen to all those friends on social media. You know…the friends sharing the wonderful news and picture to prove that it really happened. And she types the words in all caps and adds an exclamation point, LIFE IS GOOD!
Yet 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 things I need and want. The things that matter.
3 Things to Keep in Mind
So when life’s not good, we must remember to:
(1.) Change our perspective. Bad days don’t mean there won’t be good days. Life’s a mix of good days and bad days. The Bible never makes this promise, “Life is good.” Not even after we become Christ-followers. But God has promised good to us.
“Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living” Psalm 27:13 NLT.
“You crown the year with Your goodness, And Your paths drip with abundance” Psalm 65:11 NKJV.
(2.) Shift our focus. Switch from “Life is good” to “God is good.” Good is not something God does, but who He is. Life changes. God and His goodness never change.
“For I the Lord do not change” Malachi 3:6a ESV.
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!” Psalm 136:1a NLT.Good is not something #God does, but who He is. #life Click To Tweet
(3.) Live with expectation. God has plans for our good, brings good from all things, and He offers hope for good in our future. Our expectation is firmly rooted in God, not in life.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” Romans 8:28 NIV.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” Jeremiah 29:11 NLT.
God is Good
Change. Shift. Live.
And when we say or hear or see the phrase, Life is good. Let it remind us that life can’t be counted on. Sometimes life turns not so good.
But we can count on good things from God…things not of this world.
God is good.
We serve a good Father.
Which of the 3 areas: change our perspective, shift our focus, or live with expectation do you find the most difficult?
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