“Where is it?” my son asks, perusing through the fridge.
“Can’t see it.”
“It’s there. Keep looking.”
“Did we run out?”
“It’s there. Eye level. Right at the front.”
“There is no orange juice in here!” my son asserts as he slams the fridge door.
‘How can he possibly not see it,’ I wonder as I open the fridge and politely point to the carton labeled: ORANGE JUICE, perched on the middle shelf at eye level.
A sheepish grin appears on his face, “Oh. I was looking for glass pitcher, not a carton.”
How often do I do this very thing in life? I peruse through my circumstance looking for a glass pitcher through which God’s goodness is clearly seen. And if His goodness doesn’t look like what I have prescribed to Him, I become agitated and even doubtful that His goodness exists at all. I forget that God’s goodness comes in all types of containers. Where is your favor in my life? Did You run out? Are You really who You say You are? Your goodness isn’t here!
We often ask that God prove His goodness by eliminating all our difficulties. We forget that difficulty can be made into a carton of His goodness. We all struggle to perceive it as goodness when it comes to us in this way. I am not wanting to get into complex questions such as the source of suffering. I am only stating what I know for sure: God is able to make our difficulties into vessels of His goodness. (Phil 3:10, 1 Peter 4:12-13, Romans 8:28)
I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. Psalm 27:13-14
My son stopped looking for orange juice when he had more faith in what he could see than he had in what I was saying. I dare say this is true of all of us. We stop seeking God’s goodness when we have more faith in what our eyes can see than we have in His Word. Even scripture points out this reality: “I had fainted unless I believed…” God’s goodness doesn’t depend on our faith, but whether or not we choose to seek God’s goodness does depend on our faith. Unless we believe that what God is telling us is true, we won’t act upon it. Unless we believe that there is orange juice in the fridge when He says there is, we will stop looking for it.
So here in the Psalms, He encourages us to wait on Him with expectation. We are to continue to look to God waiting with expectation to see what He will do in our lives and in our hearts. We can have confidence in Him. We can take courage in who He is. Wait for Him. He will strengthen your heart.
Trust me son, there is orange juice in the fridge.
Trust Him dear one, you will see the goodness of the Lord.