by Michael Gilbert
“O Lord, how manifold are thy works:
in wisdom hast thou made them all:
the earth s full of thy riches”
Jonquils are blooming in my neighbors yard. Beside my house, the pear trees are covered with pure white blooms. Across from my house, there is a beautiful tree with deep purple blooms – I remember it from last year. Our gardens will soon bring us fresh food. What a beautiful world! Surely, “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God” (Ps. 14:1).
Our Creator has been good to us. Paul and Barnabas reminded the people of Lystra, “Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness” (Acts 14:17). It’s hard to understand God’s goodness toward humanity in light of man’s weakness, but the Psalmist helps us to understand it by declaring, “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow in anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger forever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities” (Ps. 103:8-10).
We can be grateful that we serve a good God who, “…maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust” (Mt. 5:45)
Brethren, we should, “Enter into is gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him and bless his name” (Ps. 100:4)!