Anxiety Burned Up

Many wonderful things happen.  We often times hear about people being rescued from burning buildings, people overcoming cancer, people drowning and being resuscitated, people losing jobs, but then finding an even better one, etc.  I’m sure we have all heard others comment “God is good” in response to hearing about these types of uplifting events. However, a lot of life is tragic and the outcomes are not good.  People are killed or disabled in car accidents, many people don’t recover from cancer, people are injured and die in mass shootings, etc. We never hear anyone say “God is good” in response to these events when the result is bad, but of course he is still good.  I think we need to keep in mind that no matter what events happen on this earth, God is good - and we should be incredibly grateful for his love, his forgiveness, the gift of faith and the gift of salvation.  Many bad situations will work themselves out in the near term and some will take longer (think story of Joseph in Genesis which takes place over about 20 years).  Finally, some problems won’t be worked out until we reach heaven.  

Thankfully, as Christians, we are able to look beyond death and still have hope and joy.  I can’t imagine what the misery and despair would be like if I didn’t have this perspective, this hope, this joy, this gratitude.

Max Lucado says. “God gets us through the hard stuff. To reflect on your blessings is to rehearse God’s accomplishments…Gratitude does to anxiety what the morning sun does to valley mist. It burns it up”.

Brad Gauen

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