Are you ever hesitant to rejoice in God’s will — especially when you don’t know how other people feel about it? Find it easier to admit when you’re struggling than to share openly when good things are happening?
I was talking to a friend recently who moved from her longtime home in one place to a city out of state. Although she misses her friends and family, she was excitedly telling me about how God was meeting her in the new situation: new area, new friends, new church and cool places to visit with her family.
At the end of our brief chat she mentioned how nice it was to talk to someone who was glad she was happy. While she has felt very supported by her friends, there’s a part of her that doesn’t want them to know how much she likes it there because they could feel she’s “glad” to be gone.
Are you in a season where God has blessed you? Has your financial situation improved during this down time in the economy? Has God blessed you with a nicer home, newer car, or a prayed-for relationship? Is your marriage growing? Are you in a sweet season with your children where everyone seems to be getting along? Are your friendships thriving in fresh ways?
A pastor friend once warned me not to apologize for God’s will. During times of trials or suffering we can be quicker to talk about God’s sovereignty than during seasons of blessing! It’s almost as if we are ok with “defending” God’s will when times are tough, but remain silent when times are good.
While we want to be compassionate and sensitive to those who are hurting due to challenging circumstances in how we boast in the Lord’s goodness, let’s not rob God of His glory when He surprises us or those we love with answered prayers or gracious blessings. Gushing about His goodness and provision is not only fun, it’s also a way to point to His love.
A parent who gives a gift to his or her child loves to see their eyes light up as they run to show the gift to others.
Our Father is probably that way, too.
Is there someone you can boast to about God? See if you’re like me and find it harder to do this than to speak of your challenges.
Remember, we’re not boasting in ourselves..but in Another.