Because Life Is More than Money
Let your sunny side show! Temperatures are frigid, but dawn broke through this morning. Now we have sunshine and blue skies – though it’s still very cold. Consider the sunny side of our circumstances with me.
First, God is sovereign! Nothing happens, but that God permits or causes it to happen. Nothing exists or continues to exist, but by His designing, creating and holding it together. Colossians 1:16 reads, “God created all things and holds all things together, both in heaven and on earth, both visible and invisible.” Further the Bible reads that God can do all things and accomplish all things. Nothing is too difficult for Him, and He orchestrates and determines everything that is going to happen in your life, in my life throughout the world. Whatever He wants to do in the universe, He does, for nothing is impossible with Him. That’s what being sovereign means. It means being the ultimate source of all power, authority, and everything that exists. Only God can make those claims and prove them.
A Veggie Tales song reads like this about God’s sovereignty, “My God is so big, so strong and so mighty. There's nothing my God cannot do. My God is so big, so strong and so mighty, there's nothing my God cannot do.”
Second, God is good. Psalm 100:5 and Psalm 136:1 read, “He [God] is good.” In some Bibles Psalm 34 is subtitled “In Praise of God’s Goodness”.
Don Moen wrote a song titled “God Is Good all the Time”. It reads like this, “God is good all the time. He put a song of praise in this heart of mine. Through the darkest night, His light will shine. If you're walking through the valleys and there are shadows all around do not fear, He will guide you; He will keep you safe and sound. He has promised to never leave you, nor forsake you, and His word is true. We are sinners and so unworthy, still for us He chose to die; filled us with His Holy Spirit, now we can stand and testify - that His love is everlasting and His mercies, they will never end. Though I may not understand all the plans You have for me, my life is in Your hands, and through the eyes of faith I can clearly see that God is good all the time!”
Knowing God is all together good and all together sovereign gets me through the hard circumstances. No matter how cold and dark it seems, you and I can look on the sunny side because God is perfectly good and perfectly in control.
It might seem strange to you, but I often tell God that I’m thankful He is God. I’m thankful because He is both good through and through and He is in full, complete control of all people and things and powers. If our God was good, but not sovereign, He would have good intentions toward us, but not be able to carry out His intentions. If He were sovereign, but not all together good, we would need to be afraid of when God would change His attitude toward us and want to hurt us. Live in the sunny side of life because you know God is sovereign and good. And He is completely, perfectly so.
Happy living on the sunny side!