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God has blessed us in more ways than we can count

Rick Meade • Apr 26, 2020 at 7:35 AM

Editor’s Note: With so many churches in our area having to suspend worship services during the coronavirus pandemic, we are asking local pastors to partner with us in bringing a daily message of hope and comfort to readers during this difficult time.

It’s so easy to focus on the negative, isn’t it? Satan wants you and me to think only about what’s wrong, what’s not working, where we can’t go, what we can’t do. During these days of uncertainty related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), it’s awfully easy to think about all the negative things. Are you more of an optimist or a pessimist? I truly want to believe, with the passing of time, I’ve become more of an optimist. Now, don’t get me wrong — we can’t put our heads in the sand and not deal with reality, but I truly believe as Christians, we cannot live in fear and despair.

God is in control. Nothing catches Him by surprise. God has blessed you and me in more ways than we can possibly count. I love that great hymn, “Count Your Blessings.” The first verse of that hymn reads, “When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed, when you are discouraged thinking all is lost, count your many blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.”

I thought about that this morning as I looked at a couple of dogwood trees. They are absolutely beautiful. I walked over and took a closer look and was once again “surprised by what the Lord hath done.” I’m always amazed by how the flower on the dogwood tree is shaped like a cross, with the outer edge of each petal of that flower resembling a nail print, brown with rust and stained with red, and the center of that flower looking like the crown of thorns Jesus wore. Thank you God for reminding me once again of how much you love me.

Friends, God has prepared object lessons all around us to teach and remind us of His love, His power and His faithfulness. Psalm 118:24 is a great reminder for each morning God allows us to open our eyes to a new day. “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

Rick Meade is pastor at Lynn Garden Baptist Church in Kingsport.

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