Acts 14:17 NLT.
But He (God) never left them without evidence of Himself and His goodness. For instance, He sends you rain and good crops and gives you food and joyful hearts.
I have shared selectively in this blog the journey mercies of God for my ministry trips and testimonies of His goodness with incredibly slim odds of occurrence only to show that our good Lord never leave us without evidence of Himself and His goodness.
We can and should enjoy Him daily in our communion with Him, whether in His daily kindness, or in times of deliverance, journey mercies, chaotic times, pain and suffering. We should enjoy God in every circumstance.
I enjoy His daily kindness. He caused the nearby stall-holders to be generous towards me. He caused the fish and meat suppliers to go out of the way to deliver my weekly consumption without any transport charge. He caused the car workshop owner to be honest to repair only the small defective parts without changing and charging me for the whole module or system. And he often waived the labor charge. He caused the car park attendant to allow me the alternate use of season parking for two vehicles while paying only for one. He gave me regularly free cruises for my rest and recreation and bonding with my elderly folks. He sent brothers and sisters to bless my ministry projects financially so that I wouldn’t be burdened much. And He gave me great food and a joyful heart always.
I enjoyed Him even in times when everything went wrong. When I communed with Him, it was really wonderful that He gave me His peace to weather the disappointment or anxiety regardless whether there was a happy ending. Once I was rushing everywhere before heading for the airport, and I misplaced my office keys. Then I remembered leaving the keys in the toilet outside my office. I prayed that nobody would take the keys after four hours which was quite unlikely. There were people living illegally in the building. By the grace of God, I recovered the keys. When I reached the airport, I was told my visa was invalid, yet I made the flight. And when I checked into the hotel room, my luggage left outside the room for a split second disappeared. I recovered the contents of the bag intact in the escape staircase except that the bag was cut open at the side. I was able to claim insurance for the damaged bag.
(Luke 7:12-13…behold a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow…And when the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her,”Do not weep.”)
We can also take comfort and enjoy our Lord’s presence in every pain for He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. In every account I read in the gospels, He was full of compassion. He wept and empathized with the suffering. And He is the same compassionate Lord today. How often I had pain and suffering and I thanked the Lord for His comforting presence and healing. How kind is the Lord to me even in pain for His grace is sufficient for me. Not only His presence gives me comfort, but He makes me know for sure the Hope in Him is real and coming.
God is indeed sovereign over our lives. Both blessings and trials work together for good for those who love God. Bless His holy name !