I’ve long been a fan of the Life is Good company. They make tee shirts, coffee mugs, and bumper stickers that simply make me smile. But those products only illustrate the easy, breezy, happy times of life: going fishing, kicking a soccer ball, drinking cocoa by a bonfire. Life is good, but it isn’t always a picnic. It’s good for an entirely different reason.
Life is good because we have the power of God. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea” (Psalm 46:1-2).
Life is good because we have the presence of God. “The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress” (Psalm 46:7).
Life is good because our problems are in God’s hands and solved by him. “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).
That last verse, though, does not promise us a picnic. It promises us a plan, God’s plan. A great preacher taught me that, “Knowing God is even better than knowing the outcome. God is good all the time.” God’s plan is worth the pain that life sometimes brings. We can all rest assured that he will work things out for the best for his children.
Our Lord says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”(Psalm 46:10). One version replaces the words “be still” with “cease striving.” Cease striving. Isn’t that a challenge for all of us who live in this hustle, bustle, do-it-all, get-to-the-top world? Nevertheless, because we have the power and presence of the Lord, we can, as that same pastor taught me:
- Stay cool
- Chill Out
- Cease Striving
- Trust Him
Based on a sermon by Jim Armstrong at Northwest Bible Church on December 27, 2015.