“Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.” (Psalm 107: 8, 9)
We live in a harsh world. Bad things happen. Many of our wants go unmet. Or many of our wants get met, and we regretfully wish they hadn’t. We do not have, and then have, only to lose what we have. These realities begin to hit with a cold splash across the face even from toddlerhood. The toy gets snatched away. The longer we live, the more we experience the getting, the having, and then the departing of the things and the people in our lives. It is rather easy to become jaded; to get accustomed to seeing through the glass darkly. And we lose sight of one of God’s tremendous attributes – His goodness.
When our awareness of God’s goodness fades to black, inevitably a self-led pursuit of the so-called good things of life will ensue. God cannot bless what He does not possess. Our quest will instead lead to futility and the eventual settling for far less than God has intended. Only God is good, and He alone can satisfy a longing and hungry soul with goodness.
I just read a story by a pastor that provides an illustration of settling for “what we think we want” while oblivious to the immensity of what our good God has instead for us.
Here is a summation: The pastor and his wife decided to surprise their young granddaughter with a trip to Disney World. On the way, they stopped at a McDonald’s drive-through for some breakfast sandwiches. That is when the trouble started. The granddaughter spied a “Playland” attached to the restaurant and wanted to stop and play. She was sure a good time could be had there. No, her grandparents insisted, they must go. She pleaded. She complained about their robbery of her fun. She fussed and then pouted until they pulled into Disney World. Her grandfather then told her this was their destination all along. He reminded her, if she had her way, she would have settled for Playland.
Our God is a good God. His plans for us are far better than any we might pursue. This pastor concludes his story with the admonition to not be like his granddaughter that day. “Don’t settle for McDonald’s Playland when God has Disney World in mind!”
“Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You in the presence of the sons of men!” (Psalm 31:19)
Let us draw ever nearer to Him with the reverence due Him. Let us trust in Him even when the glass seems dark. Let us daily thank Him for His wonderful works and His goodness.
Hey, let’s go to Disney World!