Learning From The Positive Thinking Preachers

Do you expect God to bless you? If you believe in Jesus you should.

I don’t subscribe to a lot of what positive thinking preachers espouse, but I do think there is one thing we can learn from them. Despite the hardships God takes us through in life, God wants us to expect his abundant goodness.

Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind! (Psalm 31:19)

Our generous king has goodness “stored up” for us who love him. Not just a little bit, but “abundant,” bounteous, overflowing storehouses of goodness. He “works” that goodness for us, and he does so “in the sight of the children of mankind” – in this life. God has abundant kindness stored up for us who seek him not only in this life, but especially in the next. In fact, the goodness we’ll experience in heaven will make our sufferings here seem light and fleeting in comparison (2 CO 4.17).

God pours out innumerable material blessings us, but far more abundant are the spiritual blessings he heaps upon us: the joy of the Lord, the fruit of the Spirit, increasing victory over sin, the very wisdom of God. He gives us joy in transforming us to be more and more like Jesus. He has prepared all kinds of good works for us to walk in and enjoy as we do. He feeds us with rich food and encouragement from his Word, and gives us the joy of sharing the gospel with others. He pours his abundant joy into our hearts as we seek to encourage others, help the weak and give to the poor. Our heavenly Father loves to give good gifts to his children. In fact, it’s going to take God all of eternity to reveal his goodness to us:

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:4-7)

It’s going to take “the coming ages” for God to show us “the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” How long is an age? Ten thousand years? God has so much goodness stored up for us in Christ, that after ten thousand years of lavishing us with blessings he’ll say, “Ok that’s one age. Let’s begin another one. Time to start pouring out more riches!” God’s grace to us is “immeasurable.”

Let this be our theme for today: “Oh how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you.” Let’s pour out gratitude to God all day long for his overflowing goodness. Recall as many blessings as you can and thank God for them. And keep asking him to pour out even more of his abundant goodness upon you. That’s why he’s stored it up – so he can keep pouring it out.

Mark Altrogge

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.