Daily Devotion on Psalm 115

Devotion Text: Psalm 115

Why do bad things happen to good people?

A Google search of the above phrase returns 18 million results. It is the title of numerous books, integral to the plot of countless movies and a serious topic for anyone who is serious about (or against) Christianity.

Instead, consider this: why do good things happen to any of us?

By nature, we are all dead in sin. From conception, our only inclination has been against God and all the blessings he might have for us. We consistently spit in God’s face with ever sinful thought, word and deed that says, “I know better than you, God” or “I am more important than you, God!” We deserve nothing from God but bad things.

Yet, good things happen in our lives. Even on our worst days, the sun still rises, we have friends and family that love us, we have immeasurably more possessions and “stuff” than the majority of the world for the majority of the earth’s history. Moreover we have God’s grace that showers over us even when bad things happen, giving us the power to persevere in the faith that our every sin has been forgiven by the power of Christ’s sacrifice.

Picture every trouble of this world–sin, death, hell–as the waters of the Red Sea, which God graciously held back as the Israelites walked on dry ground on their way to the promised land. So also you, on your journey to heaven, walk by God’s grace, sheltered against evil. Our trials are but temporary and our reward is eternal.

Prayer: Dearest Jesus, thank you for the grace you give me each day. I know that I deserve nothing except punishment for my sins and I thank you for all the blessings you shower upon me. Make me content, Lord, with your guiding hand in my life. Help me through trial and temptation and lead me on the road to heaven. Amen.


About Michael Schottey

Michael Schottey is a Christian, husband, father of two boys, sportswriter, and aspiring author. He graduated from Martin Luther College with a degree in Biblical Languages in 2009. A lifelong midwesterner, he moved to Florida with his family in 2010 and is a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church (WELS).

Posted on March 23, 2012, in Church, Daily Devotions, Preschool and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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