It's easy to love someone when you are surrounded by their gifts.
It's easy to feel God is a good God when He has showered you with many blessings.
it's also easy, however, to end up defining God's goodness by the gifts He gives.
It's only when these gifts are stripped away, or threatened, that you realize your peace in God, your faith in Him, was actually leaning on them.
That you saw them as entitlements rather than gifts.
That you began to define God, and your relationship with Him, by how many blessings He maintained in your life.
In reality, however, it's the other way around. The gifts are only a reflection of the Giver's goodness, not actually His goodness in themselves. Oh, our God is much, much better than that.
If we have eyes which only see and hearts which only appreciate the (comparatively) shallow goodness that we can (comparatively) easily enjoy in God's gifts, we blind ourselves to the real goodness that He is.
Only when we find our joy and trust in the Giver--not His gifts--can we truly appreciate and enjoy the gifts; because we see and relate to them as what they are.
Good, yes. But also impermanent. And most importantly, undeserved.
a small voice
Ci thinks some of God's greatest blessings to mankind are
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