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February 4, 1991

Bring the Good Times Back

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Your righteousness reaches to the skies, O God, you who have done great things. Who, O God is like you? Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. PSALM 71:19-20
One of the most refreshing things about Scripture is that it doesn’t gloss over the fact that life has its ups and downs. It acknowledges—often in vivid language—that there will be times of poverty and times of riches, times of stress and times of rest, times of pain and times of joy.
Such cycles also exist in the business world. There are times when the economy is strong and times when it’s bad. There are times when cash flow is great and other times when it’s iffy. There are times when profits are up and times when profits are down.
Such is the course of life, regardless of our spiritual condition: “He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good; and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous,” Jesus said in Matthew 5:45. But while it’s true that God makes the good times as well as the bad times (Ecclesiastes 7:14), that in no way means that if we’re in a downturn, we can’t ask Him to restore the good times again. In Psalm 71:19-20, David was not at all embarrassed to ask God to rescue him from the depths of the earth, to grant him a reprieve from the troubles that had been “many and bitter.” He’s seen the good life, and he wants to go back.
There will be seasons and times of life that are darker and heavier and drier than other times. If you’re in one of those times, don’t become overly discouraged. Stay the course, guard your heart, and keep connected to the people around you. And don’t be afraid to ask God to let the good times roll again.

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