Drinking Deeply

Sunday, October 05, 2008 at 9:25 PM

Better than "Too good to be true"

We sometimes think to ourselves that something was "too good to be true."

Maybe it turns out fine, and everything works out and such, but yet we're always looking over our shoulder, waiting for the hammer to fall, carefully planning out our steps, just in case y'know. We step forward with tentativeness because you never know whether or not this new job is really going to work out, maybe it's a bait an switch.

Or maybe it doesn't work out. That big job prospect doesn't pan out. The boss is a jerk and the coworkers that are in your actual group are moochers who aren't able to carry their own weight. "I knew it," we'd say, "there's no way something that promising could last."

I propose a third route, one grounded upon the grace and the goodness of our Sovereign God -

Why do we think that if something is good, God would voluntarily withhold it from us? Why do we ask for the little things, as if there's just no way that God would answer the big prayers? Does not the Lord say that we do not have because we do not ask? (James 3:2b) Yes, it's true, all that we have is more than we deserve,but that's no reason not to ask. God is a gracious Father, one who give abundantly to His children for their joy (John 16:24). He has given us His only Son, why would we think that He would not, with Christ, give us all things (Romans 8:32)? Is God like Zeus? So spiteful and tricky that we always have to look the gift horse in the mouth? Of course not.

And what if it does come to an end? Was it too good to be true? No, it was not good enough to be true. God, in His sovereignty, has taken away so that He can give better. This is not to say that He's promising to shower material riches or anything like that, but simply to say that we will be able to look back (whatever happens) and thank the Lord for leading us as He has. There will be no cause for doubting God's provision on the last day, and there is no cause for doing so today.

So the next time we think that something is "too good to be true," correct yourself and bring that thought to heel under Christ. It's "good enough to be true" (if it continues) and it's "not good enough to be true" (if it ends). There is no conception of something too good to be true in Christianity.

Let's say with Job, "the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." (Job 1:21)

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Blogger Hannah Grace said...

I like the analogy of the new job. :-)  

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