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Daily Encouragements

BY BENNIE McWHA

January 18

A Bountiful God – Psalm 13

Is life always fair?
A family with nine children had an interesting way of trying to keep things fair. If something (such as a piece of cake) was to be divided, one would cut the pieces and another one got first choice of the pieces. This helped avoid some arguments.
Have you ever felt that you were treated unfairly because someone else got the largest piece of cake? Have you been upset because someone else received a position, promotion, or recognition that you thought you should have received? These things happen and life is not always fair.
God often will teach you a lesson and then immediately test you to reinforce that lesson. For example, have you made a commitment to trust the Lord—no matter how unfair you think you are treated? If so, then why do you sometimes have thoughts like David did when he cried, “How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?” (v. 1). God has not forgotten you. Be confident that He will never do this, regardless of what you do. Even when life does not seem to be fair, the Lord is always a bountiful God.
There were two brothers who were arguing over a doughnut. The older one pretended to solve the problem by promising to give the “hole” to his much younger brother after he ate the doughnut which surrounded the “hole.” The younger brother was very trusting and agreed. However, he became upset and began crying when he learned that the “hole” was nothing. However, that evening at the supper table, Mother had the last word. She served a plate full of “doughnut holes” to the younger brother that she had prepared just for him.
Remember that God always writes the last chapter. Believe that He is a bountiful God, and He will deal bountifully with you!
“But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me” (vv. 5, 6).