Life continually offers us a choice in how we choose to spend it. Our most natural and basic instinct is to follow our wants and desires. Or we can sometimes heed the direction of duty and obligation. But there is also a third way, and by it we pursue not what we want, or ought to do, but what is good to do.
ENCOUNTER GOD’S DESIGN FOR GOOD
In the grand live-action movie of human history, we can end up misreading the significance of things that happen around us. Like the starving lepers who wandered into the empty Syrian camp in 2 Kings 7, the most dire situation can turn into an amazing breakthrough when God is writing the story. Yet sometimes, like Abraham, we aren’t given to see the promises of God fulfilled in our lifetime, as we simply set in motion the events for the next Act and Scene.
When we take the longest view of time, we also realise that evil didn’t always exist, nor will it always be there to contend with God. In God’s conclusion of history, evil will be vanquished forever (Rev 20:10,14), even though for a time now we live in a world where sin, death, and corruption are rife. But this is not without purpose as God trains us for righteousness, and to “overcome evil with good.” (Rom 12:21)
Take a moment to consider the third way of what is good to do, and let God order your steps in this way. Trust that He knows what He is doing, and make room for faith to arise!
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
~ Book of Psalms (139:13-14) ~