Finding clarity

Four years have passed since my last eye exam. Last evening as I slipped off my old, scratched up glasses to put on my new ones, I had a moment of clarity. It was as if someone flipped a switch and everything came into focus. O, I could see with my old glasses but not with nearly as much clarity.

Opening the Word of God to read, study, and apply the truths is like getting new glasses. The Bible gives me comfort, strength, and guidance. The Word challenges me, changes me, and brings be greater wisdom.

Today I reflect on the words and insights of Solomon.

“Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he made crooked? When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made one as well as the other.” Ecclesiastes 7: 13-14

From the early days of Job to the present are those who see good times as God’s blessings (which they are) and difficult days as punishment or God against them (which He is not). True, we should be happy and enjoy the good days. Celebrate! Smile! Dance!

Yet let us remember God is always for us and out of his great wisdom and purpose he lets us walk through bad days too. Why? The reasons may be many- to help us mature in faith, to teach us to rely on him more, or maybe it is for the benefit of another’s faith. The reasons may never be clear to us but God’s hand can be.

The wisdom of Solomon brings clarity to my days be they good or bad as I keep in mind God makes them both. God has a plan and a purpose that is for His glory and my good. What have I to fear? I need not worry over what today brings for God holds this day in his hand.

God, thank you for the wisdom gained from your Word. Let your truths sink deeply into my heart so I may meet both the good days and the bad with confidence in You. May I be found blessing your Name every day. Amen

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