When searching for job it’s easy to focus on the bottom line-the money. How much does it pay? Money does matter. It’s the currency of the world and its hard to function well without it. But money is not all that matters. We do well to examine the full benefit package. Often a job may provide menial pay but has nice benefits such as flex time, telecommuting, free memberships, or paid sick leave, etc. You can not easily wrap a price tag around those perks. Yet it is easy to forget them when staring at the line of bills waiting to be paid.
In the same way it’s easy to forget the contents of the believer’s benefit package. There are times when our faith in Christ does not appear to be paying off well. Our troubles are not quickly halted even though we have confessed and believed his word. Children are still living amongst swine like the prodigal son despite our best effort to steer them in the right direction. Unexpected news comes that tests our faith at intense levels. Days are dark and it’s hard to see evidence of Christ being with us.
Those are the days we need a praise-boast. It’s those days we need to do like Jody at Overcoming Loneliness begin to recount, remember and rehearse God’s goodness. Shake the dust off our covenant and remember, recount, and rehearse the contents of our benefit package in Christ.
Praise the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits–
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:1-5 (NIV)
You can’t read those words without a thank you bubbling up within you. Remembering his goodness leads us back to the road of Judah(praise). Even if you are walking through unsatisfying times now can you recall how he brought you up out of the pit of hopelessness, despair, loneliness, grief, anger, or in the past? If he did it before he can certainly do it again. Unlike coupons, there is no limits to the number of times you can redeem your benefits.
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