Yesterday, someone placed in my mail box (I really do not know who, they did not sign their name) a devotional book by Charles Spurgeon. A gift from God to fulfill the calling? Perhaps. I would like to share the devotional for today, it spoke to my heart, it reflects upon the goodness and wonderful gifts God gives us daily.
The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. Psalm 126:3 KJV
Some Christians are prone to look on the dark side of everything and to dwell more upon what they have gone through than upon what God has done for them. Ask for their impression of the Christian life, and they will describe their continual conflicts, their deep afflictions, their sad adversities, and the sinfulness of their hearts, yet with scarcely any allusion to the mercy and help that God has granted them.
But a Christian whose soul is in a healthy state will come forward joyously and say, "I will speak not about myself but to the honor of my God. He has brought me up out of a horrible pit and out of the miry clay and set my feet upon a rock and established my goings; and He has put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God. The Lord has done great things for me, where of I am glad."
It is true that we endure trials, but it is just as true that we are delivered out of them. It is true that we have our corruptions, and mournfully we know this; but it is quite as true that we have an all-sufficient Savior who overcomes these corruptions and delivers us from their dominion. The deeper our troubles, the louder the thanks to God who has led us through and preserved us. Our grief's cannot mar the melody of our praise; we reckon them to be the bass part of our life's song: "He has done great things for us, whereof we are glad."
God has an unique way of speaking truth and convicting my heart. Today this devotional spoke into my life. I desire to be a person who will say, yes the trials have been great but my God is the giver of good and GREAT gifts and I will give THANKS.
It is guaranteed that when God is training you to step up, the stairway will be full of unwanted circumstances. However, if you have a thankful heart and keep focused upward, not looking at the stairs as you climb, it is easier and you will find peace.