God's amazing ongoing goodness
My fiancee's flat looks like many other flats do all over Glasgow but it's placed with perfect providence: although it is a long way from her place of work, it is on a bus route that goes directly there. Moreover, a friend of mine lives just five minutes' walk from it so I have somewhere to stay when I visit!
This is just one of many examples of God's goodness to us in the details of our relationship. Yet since getting engaged I've found it a bit of a struggle to ask God for other things. I feel so overwhelmed by His goodness that it seems almost remiss of me to ask for more. The gratitude in this attitude is fine but the conclusion it comes to is faulty for two reasons:
- Debbie is not God's greatest gift to me: Jesus is. And as Romans 8:32 says, "He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him graciously give us all things?" He is a very generous Father.
- God calls His people to do things far beyond their ability so that they need to rely on Him and He gets the glory, so a life of asking lies ahead of any Christian who wants to play their part in God's purposes.
Moments of goodness like the one described above should give us faith for what's next, not cause us to settle.