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By Willie Skinner
May 21, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HERE ​to read today’s passages.

1 Samuel 29:1-31:13
John 11:55-12:19
Psalm 118:1-18
Proverbs 15:24-26

My Grandma would always give me the best gifts for my birthday. As a kid every year, I looked forward to her package in the mail. This particular year I was ten years old and wanted a new game for my Nintendo 64. On my birthday, like every year, I received the letter and hurried to open it. To my dismay, it was neither cash nor check, but a piece of paper detailing how I owned a small amount of stock in my Grandma's company. To say I was disappointed is an understatement as my parents explained that it was like money, but you couldn't spend it. It didn't make sense to me, and I certainly wasn't thankful. The writer in Psalm 118, the writer states, "Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; his love endures forever. In the first four verses, he repeats his love endures forever. In seasons like this, it's hard to be thankful and challenging to see God's goodness.

Similarly, my ten-year-old self made it hard for me to see the goodness of my Grandma. Fast forward eight years, and I was able to use that gift toward a portion of my college tuition. Time and perspective changed my perception of that gift, but it was always good. We can trust in God's goodness and allow ourselves to be grateful in this season. We may not have the perspective of the time allocated to us, but we can trust him at his word.

To memorize:

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his steadfast love endures forever.

— Psalm 118:1

Prayer to start with: Your goodness is eternal Jesus. Please bless me with the wisdom you speak of in your word. Help me see the world through your eyes. Amen.