In my Sunday school class we did an exercise with play dough that ended up ministering to me, five year olds have a funny way about putting the bible in perspective for me. So everyone got the same amount of play dough and then I asked half of them to close their eyes and shape it into a heart. The finished product looked like anything but a heart. The other have of kids got to mold and shape their heart with their eyes opened. They turned out perfectly appropriate for five-year olds! This brings me to the first thing I would like to share with you today.
1.God is good, he guides us.
See a life being lived with out that good guidance from God is a lot like five-year old trying to mold their heart with their eyes closed. It just turns out like anything and everything except what a heart should look like.
Now little kids are hilarious wouldn’t you know that some of the kids who had their eyes closed started crying when they opened them because it didn’t look like a heart. Am I awful because I got so tickled? But isn’t that how we are too? When we realize “Hey maybe I am doing this wrong” or “Maybe my heart really isn’t feeling and causing me to act like it should”. But I have great news for you. God isn’t like me he wouldn’t laugh. Actually he is that much closer to you when you are humbled enough to know you have some issued. He is quick to come near when you say “Hey I can’t do this life with my eyes closed anymore”.
2. God is good, he comforts us.
I get so proud of those babies when they are quick to assist one another. That is exactly what happened with our little play dough experience. The kids who had the privilege of having their eyes open went straight to the rescue of the other kids. It wasn’t even more than five minutes and they had everyone’s dough molded to match. They were all on the same playing field now. I thought, these kids are so amazing. We can learn so much from them. They didn’t brag about how they had an extra opportunity. They didn’t ask why they had to help. They simply saw a need and went to work no questions asked. The other kids hadn’t even asked them for help. They had just merely started whimpering and immediately they had help to be restored. God does that for us. The times when I have surrendered in my own life God has been quick to send someone or something to help me move toward restoration and he can do the same for you.
3. God is good, he restores us.
Finally, After our roller coaster of experiences with this play dough. I felt a little sorry for these little people so I was like today everyone gets not one but two pieces of candy! Oh wow. Friends you would have thought I was handing out hundred dollar bills y’all! There was joy and excitement, and buzzing in their seats. Isn’t that how we ought to be about our inheritance? Should we be that excited that after this hard race of life we are rewarded so well. Not only that but we have promises of blessings even here on earth.
4. God is good, he gives us an inheritance.
Now today I want to say choose. Choose whether you will a line yourself with heaven and believe that you have a good God. A God with big plans for you. A God who can’t be anything other than what he is Love. Love is good. Love guides, comforts, restores, and leaves us with an unending inheritance for generations to come.
God has great things in store for His people; they ought to have large expectations. -C.H. Spurgeon
“The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the LORD with answer them; I, the rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs.” Isaiah 41:17-18
“I wil give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.” Isaiah 45:3
“And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you if heed the voice of the Lord your God.” Deuteronomy 28:2
“When he had gone in doors, the blind men came to him and he asked them, “Do you believe that I able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied. Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; and their sight was restored. Matthew 9:28-30
May you be blessed and encouraged.
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