UV 1183/10,000 Marvelling at God’s Goodness
This was the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
Mark 12 v 11
Whatever amazing things that have happened in our lives, we need to attribute it to the Lord saying, “ This is the Lord’s doing..” We need to affirm every positive benefit in our lives as being authored by the Lord. Nothing happens by chance or luck. We do not believe in the uncertainty of good fortune or luck or fate. Nothing is an accident but it is planned and caused by the Lord in His goodness. We need to make a mental list of all the benefits or blessings of our lives so far. We should not just numerically count our blessings but evaluate the extent and depth of God ‘s goodness, mercy, grace and love revealed in each.
Having affirmed that these blessings emanate from the hand of the Lord, we need to praise Him saying, “ It is marvellous in our eyes.” We ought not to take it for granted but be glad and grateful to the Lord. It should evoke a sense of marvel or wonder in our hearts and minds about the goodness and grace of the Lord. We should not cease to praise the Lord for the wonderful blessings He has bestowed upon us. It will create a sense of perpetual joy, peace and strength in us even as it will delight the heart of the Lord. We will be protected from the evil one’s strategies of spreading cynicism or disbelief and pessimism.
Our minds and mouths should be consistent. In one breath, we should not curse, murmur or complain and with the next say, “ Praise the Lord.” As St James wrote, “ Bitter and sweet water will not flow from the same spring.” We need to constantly recognize that the Lord is the capstone, the cornerstone, the keystone of our lives from which comes all our blessings. We have to build on and around this capstone the edifice of our lives with an attitude of gratitude mingled with child-like faith and wonder.
Prateep V Philip