Give Thanks to the Lord. He is Good.

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!” (Psalm 118:1, ESV)

A long-time friend and sister in Christ shared some hard news with me yesterday, news that will profoundly affect her life and the lives of those who love her. In the midst of this trial that God has entrusted to her, she said something that we all need to remember, “I am where God has put me.”

Whether the current means of testing our faith is:

A dirty diaper smeared all over the crib by a creative toddler or the reality of cancer invading our bodies, a child who doesn’t seem to respond to any of our attempts to train and discipline him or a husband who has abandoned the family, a long line at the grocery store checkout with a flock of tired and cranky children or a long and challenging period of unemployment, God is in control.

Nothing separates us from His love.

Nothing takes Him by surprise.

Nothing slips past His sovereign control of all things.

Wherever we find ourselves, whatever circumstances we face, we are where God, in His grace, has put us. Because this is true, we can thank Him, knowing that He is there, too. He loves us. We can trust Him.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11-12, NKJV)

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  1. “In the midst of this trial that God has entrusted to her, she said something that we all need to remember, “I am where God has put me.”

    I needed this today!!! God has ENTRUSTED me with particular trials that He has given specifically to ME! THANK YOU for reminding me of this!!!

    His,
    Shari

  2. Very true. God is sovereign. God is good. And this sovereign and good God, loves His children, which means, whether we see it or understand it, He is using all things for our good…that is, to be conformed into the likeness of Christ (Rom 8:28-29, 2 Cor 4:16-18).

  3. Thank you for this reminder. 🙂

  4. Thank you. I so needed this today. God is good, and I will praise Him in the midst of my storm!

  5. I hope your friend sees how her words have helped so many, as I see it says above that there have been 172 facebook shares of this post – I myself came here because a friend shared it on facebook. I’ve used Doorpost products lots of times, but didn’t realise you had a blog. So by pure ‘co-incidence’ 😉 I came here intrigued to see the Doorposts blog, unaware that the words I needed so badly to hear would be waiting for me, “I am where God has put me.”.

    Susan