“Keeping Up with the Joneses” has always been a struggle for a lot of people, but it used to mean something so much simpler than it does now. In the age of more social media channels than we can possibly master, it can become the norm to peer into lives of people both far and near—people we both know and do not know—and somehow see our lives as lesser.
We are a forgetful people, and we can look at our own pain and difficulties not as part of the good work He will carry out in us (Philippians 1:6), but instead as an indicator of His lavish love or blessing toward others and his withholding that love or blessing towards us.
And that’s simply not true.
A bedrock tenet of our faith is that of God’s goodness. Even when our circumstances hurt more than we can speak, we can trust that He is good and what He does is always good. What He allows is always for our good and for His glory.
Warren Wiersbe said:
There are times when we are obedient and we still experience suffering, but God uses that suffering to mature us and teach us His Word. Spurgeon said that the promises of God shine the brightest in the furnace of affliction. There are times when suffering comes from the enemies of God, whose hearts are insensible, but the Lord can even use godless opposition for our good and His glory (Romans 8:28, 1 Peter 1:6-9). The most evil act ever performed on this earth was the crucifixion of the Lord of glory on a cross, yet God used that to bring His salvation to the world.”
Even if you look around today and feel as though He has forgotten you, your marriage, or your family, be encouraged. That is not the case and will never be. You may not understand the season you’re in right now—it might be a painful one, a bewildering one, or even a quiet season—but you can trust Him and take solace in the words of Psalm 119:68, “You are good and what you do is good.”
:: FREE Printables ::In case you need to be reminded of the steadfast goodness of God, we’re giving away FREE hand-lettered printables of Psalm 119:68. It’s a good verse to memorize with your spouse or for a family-wide Scripture memory initiative.
The packet includes the verse, drawn by Libby Gifford (of Cozy Mosie fame), in a variety of color options. All you have to do is print it out. Libby created it to fit in an 8×10 frame, too, if you want to display it in your house.
The download also includes a FREE graphic for your phone in case you need an extra-close reminder. (No judgment here.)